Scottish Daily Mail

Now we’re all planning to find some winter sunshine

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HOLIDAYMAK­ERS are shrugging off this year’s disappoint­ing summer by booking trips to find winter sun.

Long-haul destinatio­ns such as Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Sri Lanka have grown in popularity while trips to the Canary Islands, Cyprus and Cape Verde, off north west Africa, are also selling well.

Concerns that the fall in the pound following the Brexit vote on June 23 would deter people from going abroad have proven fruitless as Britons feed their growing appetite for winter sun.

Travel giant TUI, which owns Thomson and First Choice, has lifted its profit forecast for the year after the boost in demand saw trips to long-haul countries increase 26pc. Sales at the holiday company were up 11pc and bookings up 5pc.

The leisure travel group said it remained confident of delivering between 12pc and 13pc profit growth by the end of the year, compared with a previous forecast of at least 10pc growth.

Shares at Tui rose 1.3pc, or 14p to 1100p. ÷ SUNSEEKERS forced to cover up by Britain’s cool summer have knocked sales of fake tanning brand St Tropez. Owner PZ Cussons warned a cool summer had adversely affected sales. It is popular in warm weather when people want to wear short dresses and vest tops – baring their arms and legs.

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