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Da Vinci Code Film Inspiring City Breakers to Pick Paris

The intense publicity for “The Da Vinci Code” film is helping Paris regain its position as number one European city break choice for UK travellers.

Paris has historically been the most visited European city, but the introduction of new routes to cities such as Rome, Prague and Barcelona from airports all around the UK led to a drop in visitors to the French capital.

However, (Citybreaks Dash Direct) have seen a steady rise in bookings for Paris since hype for the film gathered pace at the start of this year. It is thought that clues to “The Da Vinci Code” hidden in the architecture of Paris are inspiring large number of British holidaymakers to choose Paris.

Paul Reeve of Citybreaks-Direct says: “Paris has been the number one European citybreak choice for as long as I can remember, but over the last couple of years it has been overtaken by Prague, followed closely by Dublin, Rome & Barcelona.”

“We have been monitoring booking and the searches entered by visitors to our site and in the last few months searches for Paris have reached their highest levels for some time – this coincides with hype about the film release intensifying.”

As one of the biggest ever selling novels, anticipation for the film version was always going to be intense among the book’s fans.

A network of blogs dedicated to news about the Da Vinci code film has sprung up around the web reporting progress and reactions.

The recent plagiarism case against Dan Brown has also dominated headlines.

The film of Dan Brown’s best-seller starring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tatou and Sir Ian McKellan was shot at several locations in the French capital.

The stars of the thriller go on a dangerous journey attempting to solve an ancient conspiracy and recent murders. Visitors can follow in their footsteps with tours of Le Louvre, the Church of Saint-Sulpice and other Paris landmarks featured in the film.

The story also has scenes set in northern France, the Scottish Borders and central London.

City-Breaks say the current attraction of Paris is partly due to its accessability.

“Airports all around the UK now offer frequent flights to Paris which has opened it up as an option for people in the North of England and Scotland to visit for a short break.

“The Eurostar was a real boon for the people in the South-East and for a while the vast majority of our bookings for Paris were from travellers living in that area of the country, but recently it has spread more evenly around the UK.”

Citybreaks-Direct offer city breaks to Paris with flights from a wide range of UK airports – Belfast International, Bournemouth Hurn, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Doncaster, Durham Tees Valley, East Midlands, Exeter, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Prestwick.

Citybreaks-Direct is a member of the Co-operative Travel Trading Group.

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