Global tourism booming

Hotel News - 05/10/2005

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Tourists are still flocking abroad on holiday despite events such as the London bombings, says a new report.

The World Tourism Organisation (WTO) has announced that in the first half of 2005, worldwide tourist arrivals have risen by 5.9 per cent.

The amount of people jetting around the world has now reached 460 million, which is an increase of 25 million.

When travelling abroad, Brits might find it convenient to book an airport hotel room before flying.

If flights are late at night or early morning, people will already be in the airport vicinity, meaning that they don't have to get up too early and there are many airport hotels across the UK at a price to suit all budgets.

A spokesman for the WTO said: 'In terms of consumer behaviour, it is quite evident that travellers have been undeterred by external threats.'

He added: 'They may have led to temporary shifts in travel flows but they have not stopped people travelling.'

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