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Italy and Ibiza are travel hotspots

Italy and Ibiza were among the top holiday spots for Britons this summer but bookings to Brazil were down due to high prices sparked by the football World Cup.

Trips to Egypt also fell because of the political climate, according to a survey by travel company lowcostholidays.

The results came as UK travel organisation Abta started its annual travel convention in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana.

The survey said Italian bookings increased due to "some great-value hotel deals".

Majorca, up 68% on summer 2013, and Ibiza, up 46%, were the most popular destinations for Britons this summer, followed by Turkey and Greece. Malta and Morocco also did well.

Long-haul destination favourites included Orlando in Florida, Mexico, Dubai and the Caribbean, with all these hotspots showing increases of more than 100% on summer 2013.

Tim Buckman at lowcostholidays said: "We had a great summer and bookings for October half-term and winter-sun holidays are looking strong with the Canaries, Egypt, Orlando and Dubai currently booking well.

"Next summer we predict that Greece and Turkey will benefit from further growth and Crete and Tunisia will be popular destinations due to new flights from across the UK making them more accessible."

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