Dutch fly south in search of sun

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Travel company TUI says bookings to Greece and Spain last week were up 80% on the same time last year, reports the Parool.

Some popular hotels are fully booked and – it said on Monday – islands like Gran Canaria, Mallorca and Tenerife are battening down the hatches for a Dutch invasion.

The number of bookings to Greece has tripled, with far fewer fears about refugees, and rival firm Thomas Cook also reported a spike in bookings alongside the torrential rain last month. ‘Many people said the incessant rain and changeable weather made them decide to leave for sunnier climes,’ said a spokesperson.

Meanwhile, Schiphol airport has said it is expecting its busiest summer ever when schools break up next Friday.