Double digit growth for Morocco and Tunisia
Tourists looking for an exotic and exciting holiday destination that isn’t too far from the UK are increasingly being lured to Tunisia and Morocco, with both countries witnessing double digit growth in visitor figures in 2013.
This is according to the Office for National Statistics’ Travel Trends report for 2013, which remarked upon the skyrocketing demands for holidays in the two nations and compared their popularity to a further one per cent slump for that of Egypt.
In total, 28.7 per cent more tourists from Britain flew to Morocco in 2013 compared to 2012, while visits to Tunisia were up by 17 per cent, as the country sets out to resurrect its tourism industry following a recent revolution.
Brits also travelled abroad more in general last year, the report stated, with a 3.5 per cent rise in the number of people heading to other countries for either business or pleasure.
The breakdown found that holidays abroad were up by four per cent, visits to family and friends in other nations by 5.7 per cent while business travel fell by 1.9 per cent. However, it reflected well financially with a 7.6 per cent increase to £2.5 billion.
Equally promising was the fact that the number of visitors to the UK rose by 3.5 per cent to the highest they’ve been since the International Passenger Survey began in 1961, which should keep the nation’s coffers happy. This was despite a drop in visitors from our friends across the pond in the US.
The statistics also indicated an increase in the number of people using London as an overnight stop-off, with these kinds of visits up by a whopping 8.6 per cent in 2013. The rest of the UK also fared well on this front, including Scotland (9.8 per cent), Wales (3.5 per cent) and the remainder of England (6.1 per cent).
Who knows what figures we’ll be reporting on next year?