Despite Economic Woes, European Travel Is Doing Well

European TravelA report published earlier this week showed that in 2013 Europeans will take more trips abroad and can expect an increase in the amount of overseas arrivals, despite the current economic crisis.

The report, published by ITB Berlin on Tuesday, shows a positive overview of the travel industry from Jan to Aug 2012 as well as a positive forecast next year.

In 2013, countries in Europe can expect an increase of 1% – 3% in arrivals internationally, particularly from countries such as Brazil, China and India. The report also predicted a moderate increase of about 1% – 2% in European outbound travel.

Russians are in the lead for growth with an increase of 9% in outbound travelers, whereas Germany and the UK can expect slightly smaller increases of 3% and 5% respectively.

The numbers from the report for 2012 were also positive. Over the course of 2012, the number of people staying abroad increased by around 2%, city tours rose by 14% and breaks of one to three nights increased by 10% in Europe.

The report also showed an increase in trips to more distant destinations and long-term travel by Europeans also increased. The main destinations included the Asia Pacific, and the U.S., increasing by 8% and 2% respectively.

The data in the report is based on assessments of close to 50 tourism experts from 30 different countries, on core data supplied by the World Travel Monitor, and a special IPK International trend analysis taken in major source markets. The reports findings reflected trends that emerged from Jan – Aug of 2012.

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