Increasing numbers of people are travelling on international cheap flights and this trend is unlikely to be affected by the volcanic ash disruption, a report from the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has said.
According to the organisation’s World Tourism Barometer, international arrivals increased by seven percent during the first two months of this year and Ian Bradley, a spokesman for the Association of Independent Tour Operators, believes this is showing no signs of slowing down.
"The volcano won’t put people off – it was a freak incident that caused short-term chaos but nothing life-changing in terms of how we take holidays," he explained.
"At the end of the day, people have more money in their pockets than this time last year and want to go on holiday."
Mr Bradley went on to say that the world is becoming a smaller place and that people are getting more adventurous in their holiday choices.
According to UNWTO, international arrivals are expected to grow between three to four percent this year, with growth being particularly strong in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.