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Popes resignation sparks increase in flight bookings to Rome

News of the Pope’s resignation has prompted a flood of bookings to Rome, with lastminute.com citing a rise of over a quarter in flight reservations to the Italian capital.

Just a week after Pope Benedict XVI resigned, the deals website has reported a 26% rise in flight bookings to Rome, as people rush to catch one last glimpse before the Pontiff makes his controversial departure. The Pope will hold his last recital of the Angelus on 24 February from his apartment window and his final farewell on 27 February in St Peter’s Square.

Mark Maddock, Managing Director at lastminute.com UK and Ireland, said: “In just a week, we’ve seen a sudden surge in last minute bookings to Rome as people rush to see the Pope’s final recitals and the big farewell.“This is clearly a historic event that many want to be a part of.”

The rich and famous clearly play a significant role when it comes to booking our getaways – and David Beckham in particular. The esteemed footballer was reportedly behind a 34% rise in flight bookings to Paris this month, with UK fans hoping to see the sporting hero in the flesh as he prepared to make his potential debut for Paris St Germain.

Lastminute.com also reported that hotels in the area collectively witnessed a 23% increase in bookings this month compared to this time last year. Mark Maddock, Managing Director at lastminute.com UK and Ireland, said: “David Beckham certainly strikes a chord in the hearts of the British public as fans snap up last minute flights to catch a glimpse of Goldenballs and his fancy footwork.”

Have your favourite celebrities influenced your holiday destination? If you are considering jetting off abroad this year, remember to take out a travel insurance policy before you go, as it could prove invaluable in an emergency.

Date Created: 21 February 2013

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