Vive la France! Cross-Channel holidays are the cheapest

Kathryn Liston

Cheaper holidays in France are attracting tourists to travel across the Channel once more.

Latest figures show bookings for holidays to France have soared 31% this year compared to 2010.

The average price of a holiday in France is £554 per person - almost half the price of Italy at £978.

Civil unrest in tourist hotspots such as Egypt have seen bookings plummet 30% as holidaymakers seek out safer destinations closer to home. Political turmoil in Tunisia has contributed to a downturn there. Bookings for Turkey have also fallen as holidaymakers turn to neighbouring Greece which is cheaper.

The findings come from a survey of 4.9 million UK bookings conducted by The Co-operative Travel.

Despite Italy's high cost, it still comes second in The Co-operative Travel's table with a 15% increase in bookings.

Increased air taxes for long-haul destinations such as the Caribbean have seen bookings there dip 19% as cash-strapped tourists look for cheaper alternatives.

Co-op managing director Mike Greenacre told the Daily Mail: 'People are looking to make their money go further. On average in 2011 a family of four saves £136 by switching from Turkey to Greece.'

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