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December 12 2012

Increase in one-way flight searches to destinations 'safe' from Mayan doomsday

According to one interpretation of a Mayan prophecy, the world will end on December 21 - but it seems there might be two destinations where you could escape Armageddon.

Flight search website Skyscanner says believers are flocking to two small villages - Bugarach in the south of France and Sirince, Turkey - in a bid to escape impending doom.

Searches for flights to the south of France have increased by 41 per cent in the week around December 21 compared to the week before. Sirince, in the Turkish province of Izmir, has similarly seen a hike of 30 per cent in one-way flight searches.

The French farming village of Bugarach has been a focal point for doomsday cults as a place where they could escape the end of the world. Similarly, Sirince, near the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, has seen a tourism boom as a result of the predictions.

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