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British holidaymakers are heading abroad in search of warmer climes due to the unpredictable UK weather, according to new research. The latest Barclays Travel Forum sentiment survey claims over half of travel industry representatives expect demand for domestic holidays to decrease this year as Brits crave a bit of sun. Some 32% are tipping South America to see a rise in tourism, while 27% expect more holidaymakers to grace European shores.

Consequently, travel agents could see a rise in foreign flights from UK airports like Heathrow and Stansted over the summer and before the year is out, as well as hotel and car hire bookings. As many as 52% of representatives think consumers will travel more in 2013 than last year, with 65% expecting this trend to continue in 2014. Commenting on the figures, Chris Lee, head of travel at Barclays, claimed the future looks bright for the travel industry.

“It’s great that the travel industry is so confident about what the future holds,” he said. "It’s been a challenging few years, and while we are not out of the woods yet, we are seeing positive signs and the industry’s optimism is encouraging.”

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If you want to be where it’s at this year, then head for Bangkok, which has just been named 2013’s top city for travel. The Thai capital topped MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index forecast, and is the first Asian city to make it to the number one spot. The index, which looks at 132 locations around the world, is compiled by making predictions on the number of visitors and how much they are likely to spend.

London reached the top spot in 2012, but was just edged out this year by Bangkok, which is expected to see a total of 15.98 million arrivals, with the UK falling slightly behind on 15.96 million. Paris, Singapore and New York also made the top five, while the other cities to feature in the top 10 cities were Istanbul, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Barcelona.

Bangkok has seen visitor numbers rise by more than 18% in 2011 and 2012, and 9.8% this year, which has been helped by a growth in flights to the city from places such as Heathrow, the report added. According to official figures, Thailand saw a total of 22,353,903 tourist arrivals last year, 873,053 of whom were Britons, who were able to get to and from their destination easily thanks to airport transfers.

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With the forecasters predicting more disappointing weather for the bank holiday weekend, a record number of Britons are planning to flee to sunnier climes. According to The Metro, travel bosses are estimating around 2 million people will be booking airport transfers for the variety of flights that will take them away for some sun, sea and sand, and primarily to forget about the miserable weather at home.

As Britons contend with the traditionally frustrating wait for temperatures to rise, many have decided enough is enough. With temperatures in London set to reach only 16C, and rain on Friday extending to persistent overcast skies all weekend and into Monday, it is not surprising that people are looking elsewhere. Popular destinations currently are Spain, North Africa and Turkey, where relatively short flights take you nearer to the heat.

On the Mediterranean island of Mallorca temperatures are set to to reach 20C on Sunday, with uninterrupted sunshine. Turkey is looking even more attractive, with the seaside resort of Bodrum enjoying temperatures in the high 20s for most of the weekend, and moving into the 30s early next week. Marrakech in Morroco, North Africa is looking roughly the same, with consistent temperatures of 27C and wall-to-wall sunshine for visitors to bask in, while Britain continues to shiver back home.

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Rita Ora and Rudimental will take to the stage in Malta as headliners at the Mediterranean island's free annual music festival. The two acts are among a host of famous chart stars set to perform on June 26, helping to mark the Isle of MTV Malta festival's seventh birthday. More than 50,000 people are attracted to the island by the festival every year, and the event has become well-established on the summer music calendar.

The Il Fosos Square in Fioriana will host the festival, which has boasted many big names in the past. Stars who have previously appeared at the event include David Guetta and will.i.am. Along with Viacom International Media Networks, the Malta Tourism Authority has revealed the headliners, while more acts are yet to be announced. Rita Ora opened the MTV EMA in Frankfurt in November, and will now bring her R&B-pop-funk mash-up to the stage in Malta. Meanwhile, Rudimental emerged in 2012 with their breakthrough single Feel The Love, then released their follow-up track Not Giving In. The English drum and bass quartet have recently begun their second international tour.

The Minister for Tourism, Hon. Karmenu Vella said: “The free open-air concert as well as the Malta Music Week has become one of the most established events of the summer music calendar attracting fans from all around Europe and beyond. The Isle of MTV Malta promises to be a spectacular concert and a great music event.”

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Barcelona has held off competition from US cities Chicago and New Orleans to be named the Best Summer Destination in the Travellers' Favourite Awards. The Catalan city was voted the most popular travel hotspot by 2.5 million Gogobot users. Barcelona boasts stunning architecture and arguably the best football side of recent times, starring the likes of Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta.

Nice in France, Honolulu in Hawaii and Wellington in New Zealand were among the other cities to make up the top 25, which did not contain any UK cities. Gogobot co-founder Travis Katz was impressed to see a wide variety of destinations in the list, from Bali in Indonesia to Vancouver in Canada. "Vacationers are seeking out adventure and authentic local experiences when they carve out the time to get away," he said.

Barcelona is the place to head this summer, though, according to Gogobot's user community. Luckily for Britons, Spain is just on the UK's doorstep and easily accessible from airports such as Stansted, Gatwick and Luton. Tourists can take a tour of the famous Camp Nou stadium, take in the Sagrada Familia designed by Gaudi and enjoy a leisurely walk around the medieval Gothic Quarter.

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