Cardiff Airport set for increase in passenger numbers this summer
will stop an exodus from Wales this summer.
to enjoy the attractions of their locale rather than jetting off to more exotic
tourism operators were no better than for last year’s disastrous summer, the native
holiday industry has suffered another blow with figures today showing a boost
in the numbers of passengers expected to travel through Wales’ biggest airport.
enthusiasm for Europe’s sunniest destinations, with 11% more Welsh tourists set
to head to the Canary Islands next month.
are also set to see visitor numbers rise.
next month, while other resorts like Menorca, also in Spain, have witnessed a
significant increase in their advanced, year-on-year booking numbers.
of dismal summer trading, with figures from Visit Wales revealing that more than
half – 66% – of the country’s hoteliers, B&B and hostel owners reported their
advanced bookings for 2009 being the same or down on 2008 levels.
were proof that Welsh tourists were still keen to enjoy exotic breaks abroad.
Alicante, Palma and Malaga topping our lists from Cardiff," Mr Rix said.
for travel in July, compared to the same month in 2008. This proves that people
still want their summer sunshine holiday."
Association of British Travel Agents predicted that the number of Brits travelling
abroad could fall by as much as 10%.
as historically UK tourists have been reluctant to ditch their overseas vacations.
as advanced bookings can change and often do so at a late stage.
Balearics are still popular despite the poor exchange rates."
think the region could see a slide in visitor numbers by as much as 20%.
bypass countries like Greece, Spain and France, with most who chose to go abroad
heading to Turkey.
to fall by about two million.
I think people are just heading to rural and coastal towns and rejoicing in what
Britain has to offer."
eurozone – is expected to see its British visitor numbers hit the two million
hotels springing up in Istanbul and its other regions, and it has attracted a
lot of attention because next year it will be the European city of culture, even
though it isn’t in Europe.
a short flight, and get a completely different cultural experience,"
in 2009, but industry critics belive that staycations – holidays within Britain
– will prove popular.
main focus lies," Mr Atkinson said.
like the Balearics, Malta and Spain.
holiday routes," she said.
are proving popular during the first week in June. We expect this to continue
throughout June to September especially during the school summer holidays when
the airport is at its busiest."