ABTA Predicts Travel Hotspots for 2012

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has released a list of its travel predictions for 2012, including a list of destinations it expects to attract increased numbers of visitors in the coming year.

The industry association tipped Colombia, Cape Verde and Jordan to be increasingly popular destinations in 2012, along with the Ukraine, which is set to host the Euro 2012 football tournament. It also highlighted Poland as a destination likely to see significant growth in tourist numbers over the next year.

ABTA also predicted that the continuing financial instability around the world will cause people to holiday in familiar destinations such as Spain, France, Italy, Greece and the US. The organisation also said it expected luxury and budget travel markets to experience growth, while mid-market holidays were expected to struggle as the sector is normally hit hardest by cuts in consumer spending. Cruises, activity holidays, adventure travel and weddings overseas were all also added to the list of travel sectors expected to perform well in 2012.

ABTA’s chief executive, Mark Tanzer, pointed out how resilient Brits had been during 2011 with regards to holiday spending, in spite of the tough economic outlook. He said he expected this to continue into 2012.

“The squeeze on household spending looks set to continue and this is likely to see holidaymakers become more discerning about where they spend their money and what they get for it,” said Mr Tanzer.

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