JUDGING by the continuing discounts on packages to France, there has been no obvious pick-up in bookings. Cresta (0345 626263) has announced it is cutting prices by up to 25 per cent on self-catering and hotel holidays. A seven-night air inclusive package to the Novotel Montfleury in Cannes during June costs pounds 342 per person (based on two sharing), a reduction of pounds 114.

Sunsites (0565 625555) has seven-night camping holidays for two adults and two children from pounds 232, including return ferry crossing.

Meon (0730 268411) has discounts of up to pounds 100 on its self-catering programme. A cottage in Brittany sleeping four costs from pounds 349 per week, including return ferry crossing.

Prices to Egypt continue to tumble. In June, Goldenjoy Holidays (071-794 9818) offers a Luxor and Cairo package for pounds 299: it includes four nights in Luxor's Wena Hotel and three nights in the Victoria Hotel, Cairo. A seven-night package in the Luxor Hilton costs pounds 269.