British travellers abandon their short breaks, but hang on to annual holiday

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The Independent Online

People are ditching city breaks but are setting aside cash for next year's annual holiday, a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey has shown.

According to the poll, paying off debt is the top priority, but a holiday is the second most important spend as Brits look to escape the recession. "It will be a white-knuckle ride for the industry as it adapts to the changing shape of the UK holiday," said Malcolm Preston, head of travel at PWC.

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