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Fewer Britons choose EU countries for vacation, says travel agency Getty Images Image caption Spain remains the most popular holiday destination, says Thomas Cook.



  People sunbathing on Levante Beach in Benidorm, Spain

Fewer British holidaymakers have booked a summer vacation in the EU this year, including through continued Brexit uncertainty, Thomas Cook has said.

The travel agency says that almost half (48%) of the holiday it sold until the end of February was for non-EU destinations, up by 1

0% last year.

Despite this, the company says that Spain is still its most popular destination.

Its discovery watch with separate Post Office numbers showing the currency sales for long-distance destinations has jumped.

Japanese yen sales were up 12% so far this year compared to last year, while sales of the Indonesian rupiah have increased by 9%, Post Office Travel Money said.

Figures are based on Post Office transactions between January 1 and April 23. The Post Office accounts for about a quarter of all foreign exchange transactions in the UK.

It said that the biggest growth in currency sales so far this year has been for the Egyptian pound, which has increased by 687% year on year. 19659007] Thomas Cook – through which 19 million people book their holiday each year – said after Spain, Turkey had proved to be the most popular destination for their holidaymakers, making up a quarter of their airfare bookings so far.

  Swimmers on a beach in Spain

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Top five destinations this summer

  • 1 Spain

  • 2 Turkey

  • 3 Greece

  • 4 United States

  • 5 Cyprus
    Source: Thomas Cook, based on UK tour operator and flight charges up to 28. February

Thomas Cook said Tunisia was also "rushing good" with package orders to the country, twice as much as last year, with airfare only four times.

Tourism to the country fell dramatically after 2015 terrorist attacks in the resort of Sousse where 30 British tourists and eight others were killed by a gunman with links to the Islamic state.

The Foreign and Commonwealth office raised its travel bid against the country last year, and noisy British operators renewed flights to Tunisia's Mediterranean coast.

Thomas Cook has made two profit alerts over the past six months after a fall in holiday booking. In March, it detailed plans to close 21 stores across the country and cut more than 300 jobs.

CEO Peter Fankhauser said that it was still too early to tell the consequences of orders for the UK's exit from the EU were delayed until the end of October.

But he said there was little doubt that the long-standing uncertainty about the way and time of the UK's exit from the EU has led many customers to pause their vacation plans for this summer. [19659034] How have you changed your vacation plans because of Brexit? Please let us know by sending an email to

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