Long-haul destinations dominate 2010 holidays

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Travellers are being tempted by far-flung destinations when planning holidays for 2010, it was revealed today.

Cape Town, Honolulu and Miami Beach all feature in a list of top 10 destinations for flight and hotel bookings for next year compiled by online company ebookers.com.

The dominance of long-haul destinations in the 2010 list contrasts with the 2009 list which showed that travellers were more cautious in their holiday habits.

The 2010 top 10 for flight and hotel bookings - in no particular order - is Istanbul, Honolulu, Miami Beach, Cape Town, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando in Florida, Rome, Venice and Dubai.

Ebookers said the rise in Cape Town bookings had been prompted by the fact that the World Cup is being staged in South Africa next summer and England will be playing in Cape Town.

The company added that Honolulu in Hawaii was a new addition to the top 10 and was attracting families, honeymooners and surfers.

Ebookers.com marketing head Ben Reynolds said: "The new list reveals that people are still visiting old favourites such as New York and Rome, but that travellers are keen to head further afield to the cultural hotspot of Istanbul and the sun-kissed beaches of the States."

He went on "With England making it through to the World Cup we knew there would be an increase in flights heading to South Africa.

"But what the current 2010 bookings data shows is that people are waiting until nearer the event to book hotel accommodation - which could leave thousands of football fans short of somewhere to sleep."