Flight searches to Bangkok for summer travel remain at normal levels despite ongoing political unrest in Thailand
According to HotelsCombined.com website statistics, the average daily rate of hotels across Europe leading up to the volcanic eruption was approximately USD $120, compared to a USD $96 average daily rate the week immediately following the eruption.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that March 2010 international scheduled air traffic showed continued strengthening of demand. Compared to March 2009, passenger demand was up 10.3%, while cargo demand grew 28.1%. Both are improvements from the 9.0% and 26.3% growth for passenger and freight demand recorded in February.
Following massive ash cloud disruption which led to airspace over much of Europe being closed for five days, cheap flights site Skyscanner can reveal that domestic destinations have risen in popularity as May Day bank holiday locations.
International tourism is steadily gaining momentum following an extremely challenging 2009. International tourist arrivals grew by 7% in the first two months of 2010 worldwide, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Growth was particularly strong in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. UNWTO forecasts international tourist arrivals to grow by 3% to 4% in 2010.
Leisure travel spending is bouncing back in 2010 as U.S. consumer sentiment gradually repairs, but prices are beginning to firm again from recession lows, according to travel agents.
The loss of European international passenger traffic today will be in the region of 1.1 million at the departure level
Why havent we explored the alternatives to air travel seriously before? Luck, really. It certainly seems that the growth of the global aviation industry has taken place at a quiet time for Icelands many volcanoes.
As expected the eruption of the volcano on Iceland had immediate influence on the travel industry. Many travelers were forced to cancel their planned trip. Almost half of EasyToBook.com’s daily bookings in the affected areas were canceled where normally almost no cancellations are made for the same day.
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