Hoseasons claims travel agents are reaping the rewards of the popularity of UK breaks.

The self-catering specialist said it had seen a 42% growth in like-for-like sales in UK holidays sold through  travel agents in the last week.

“It’s a tough market for overseas breaks at the moment but agents have responded to the change in customer demand and are really pushing UK holidays,” said Hoseasons business development director Pali Badwal.

“Nobody is quite sure how long the uncertainty in the economy, the credit crunch and high exchange rates will last, but British holidays are at the forefront of the customers mind.”