British tourism set for a good year
16 March 2009 07:51
With an influx in both foreign and domestic holidaymakers expected in the UK this year, British residents staying close to home should still consider travel insurance.
According to ABTA, the Travel Association, the economic crisis and the weakness of the pound will encourage people to holiday within Britain this year.
Speaking at Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show this month, the association's Steve Barnes explained that there will also be an increase in the number of overseas travellers visiting the UK as a result of the relative strength of the euro and dollar currencies against the pound.
He suggested, however, that the allure of foreign lands will prove too strong for many Brits, who will continue to travel the world in search of sunshine after a particularly cold winter.
"That may have focused people's minds and they might think: 'Well, I don't want to hang around in this country and get the bad weather that we had last year,' so they might decide to travel overseas," Mr Barnes said.
Statistics released by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in 2007 ranked the UK as the sixth most popular destination in the world for holidaymakers.