27-03-2012

ABTA betting on festival success

ABTA betting on festival success

Festival lovers should be looking to continental Europe to get their fix this year - at least that's what ABTA is hoping for in a year that Glastonbury won't take place.

Besides cheap ticket prices, going to festivals abroad has the added bonus of a foreign holiday and with tour operators in the mix, scheduling and flights will be even easier. Furthermore, the line-ups are impressive and the locations even better.

ABTA has already noted that bookings for European festivals have doubled in recent years - but this year continental Europe is the place to be for music lovers as bookings are predicted to outperform the overall holiday market.

Festivals in famous European cities or by the sea definitely differ from the usual English offerings, before you've even considered the weather. They will run from the end of May until September, meaning there's something to suit most summer schedules.

Eastern Europe is a winner on price, with the cheapest festivals ranging from £39. But holidaymakers seeking beautiful surroundings are likely to book up breaks to Benicassim in Spain.

Victoria Bacon ABTA head of communications: "British festival-goers are an adventurous bunch and more and more of them are happy to go that extra mile for some truly amazing and memorable experiences."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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