Brits holidaying in Hurghada
have contributed to a boom in global tourism.
Figures revealed by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO) show that international tourist arrivals have surged six per cent in the first quarter of 2007.
That figure represents a rise of 252 million travellers, with the Asia Pacific region receiving nine per cent more visitors followed by an increase of eight per cent in Africa, where the Egyptian coastal resorts of Hurghada
and Sharm El Sheik bask in the sun.
This trend is not just a flash in the pan either, the UNTWO asserted that holidaymakers have higher levels of money to spend and cheap airfares also contribute to the growing tourism boom.
UNTWO secretary general Francesco Frangialli said: "Increased investment in infrastructure, marketing and promotion, development of domestic markets, liberalisation of air transport, growing intraregional cooperation and a growing number of public-private partnerships are key factors that have helped the tourism industry to expand."
Britons are taking advantage of cheap flights easily arranged online to travel abroad with airports across the UK serving a variety of destinations.
Article ID: 317, Posted: Wed, 04 Jul 2007 17:14:28 GMT