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Where did everybody go?
London, UK November 11th 2020 ---- The government's sudden announcement of a second lockdown last Saturday prompted many different reactions - but thousands of people took it as the signal to pack a bag, leave the country and wait out a month of English lockdown somewhere sunnier. Holiday Extras looks at how many people escaped lockdown and where they went.
Top of the list, like always, is Spain, especially the Canary islands. Year-round sun and one of the few extant travel corridors made it the top choice for people flying escaping a month of lockdown. But also in the top ten came Dubai and St Lucia - the latter in normal times accounting for only a handful of UK holiday bookings, but last week making the top ten destinations for the first time ever.
Seamus McCauley, Head of Comms at Holiday Extras, commented:
"Escaping the undeniable hassles of another lockdown by jetting off for the whole month is an impressive move for nearly five thousand people to pull off with barely four days' warning."
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