LONDON, May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
- Holiday comparison community report that international tourist arrivals increased in a majority of countries in 2011 -
People were eager to book holidays last year despite natural, political and financial uncertainty, say leading online travel retailer, Holiday Hypermarket.
According to the UNWTO's World Tourism Barometer for March, a total of 88 countries reported increases in international tourist arrivals in 2011, with just 15 reporting a decline. This contributed to a worldwide tourism increase of 4.4 per cent on 2010.
Much of the growth was evidenced in Europe, where international arrivals between January and August rose to 671 million, making an increase of 4.5 per cent on previous annual figures.
Calum MacDonald, Online Marketing Manager at Holiday Hypermarket, comments: "Despite economic difficulties in Eurozone countries, the travel industry has not only survived 2011 but international arrivals actually increased. Looking forward to holidays in Turkey or holidays in Cyprus in summer seems to be one of the best ways for people to get through tougher times."
Forecasts for 2012 are modest but promising, with total arrivals estimated to deliver increases of between 3 and 4 per cent. Data taken from 50 countries in January this year indicates growth in 37 countries, of which 42 per cent reported increases in the double digits.
MacDonald continues: "This is an indication that while the world economy is growing and experiencing change, tourism and holidays remain one of the few non-negotiable events on peoples' calendars."
About Holiday Hypermarket:
Holiday Hypermarket (http://www.holidayhypermarket.co.uk/) is a UK based holiday comparison community. We are passionate about helping people in the UK explore, learn and enjoy the world by removing the obstacles that keep them from getting the most out of their holidays. We do this by providing a completely independent travel comparison site that allows you to effortlessly find the best deals with the assistance of a knowledgeable community of fellow travellers who love to share travel advice.
With Holiday Hypermarket you have access to a huge number of travel suppliers which will help you put together flexible, restriction free, itineraries. This, combined with our excellent customer service and vibrant online community, makes Holiday Hypermarket a great place to start exploring the world.
SOURCE Holiday Hypermarket