People may be more tempted to take holidays via ferries from Dover to Calais
than through more expensive long-haul flights to far-flung destinations, following news that Britain is back in recession.
Official figures by the Office for National Statistics have given a preliminary estimate that the economy contracted by 0.2 per cent in the first three months of this year, which followed the 0.3 per cent shrinkage in the final three months of 2011.
With the economy struggling, many people could be feeling the pinch, but will still wish to go on holiday sometime this year, even if they cannot spend as much on it.
And a trip to enjoy the sights, culture and vineyards of France might be a tonic that helps dispel the economic gloom.
Research by American Express published this week showed only nine per cent of Britons plan to go without a holiday this year, compared with 21 per cent last year.
Posted by Mark Robinson