Obama factor ‘increasing holidays to US’

People in Britain are increasingly turning their travel plans towards the US following the election of Barack Obama.

A recent poll carried out on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office found that 13 per cent of people are more likely than before to choose a holiday to the US, rising to 21 per cent among people aged between 18 and 34.

This is despite the fact that the exchange rate between the dollar and the pound is nowhere near as favourable as it was in mid-2008.

Carl Catterall, spokesperson for Saga, called this the “Barack Obama bounce”.

“We really think with the change of president and the feel-good factor in the US, there will be more of a desire to travel there,” he commented.

Anyone hoping to follow in the footsteps of the newest American president could try heading to New England, where he attended Harvard Law School, or Chicago, where he forged his early career.

However, for people simply wanting to get over the pond without searching for Obama, a destination like California could be ideal thanks to the cosmopolitan San Francisco and its sunny neighbour Los Angeles.

Las Vegas is also only a short flight away, where travellers can see the dancing water at the Bellagio and try out a hair-raising ride at the top of the Stratosphere.

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