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      Tuesday 27 Jan 2009 has seen a 12% increase in total bookings over the first two weeks of 2009 on its routes between Belfast and the Isle of Man, when compared to the same period last year - evidence that the weakness of sterling is encouraging people to holiday in Great Britain, rather than going abroad. In total, across all the company's GB routes, bookings are up by 13% on the above basis.
      "The first two weeks of the year are crucial in the travel industry, as it is when many people book their holidays", says the communications director for, James Filleul.  "And with the pound continuing to perform badly against currencies such as the Euro, going abroad is far more expensive.  We think the weakness of the pound, combined with the credit crunch which is hitting everyone's pockets anyway, are encouraging people to stay "at home" for their holidays, and explore Great Britain.  Our figures for the beginning of this year certainly strongly support that view". currently offers regular flights between both Belfast International/ Belfast City Airports and the Isle of Man.  The company also offers routes between the Isle of Man and Blackpool, Leeds, Gloucester, Jersey and Nottingham East Midlands.

      "Both the Isle of Man and Belfast have a lot to offer people wanting to take a holiday without going abroad, from shopping to sight seeing, active breaks or relaxing in a luxury hotel - and the clear benefit at the moment is that yo don't have to exchange currency".

      "It's great to have a positive story to tell at the moment, particularly in aviation, and we hope that these positive booking figures will herald a good year for British tourism in general".