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UK ferry bookings rose by 23% in January 2016 compared to the same month last year, according to the latest figures from ferry comparison site Direct Ferries.
Figures showed that the most popular routes from the UK to France, Ireland and Spain saw a significant increase in bookings when compared to 2015.
“It is great news that we have witnessed an increase in direct bookings of over 20% at the start of this year, despite general industry figures showing a very slight decrease in UK passenger numbers in 2015,” said Andrew Crowe, sales and marketing director at Direct Ferries. “It seems that many Brits are planning to stay in Europe in the coming months, rather than travelling further afield. With more than 20 routes operating from the UK to the continent, we offer our customers great value and choice. France in particular is expected to see an impressive uptake this year, with tens of thousands of Britons from across England, Northern Ireland and Wales planning to travel to UEFA Euros 2016 in June and July.”
Ferry bookings across the rest of Europe grew by 33% in January 2016, compared to last January, while global bookings also increased.
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