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Global troubles to help domestic tourism

Global troubles to help domestic tourismGLOBAL troubles could be pointing the way to a summer bonanza for the domestic tourism industry, according to UK hospitality recruitment specialists Towngate Personnel.Visits abroad dropped by 15% last year, the biggest fall since the 1970s, while the domestic tourism industry saw a rise of half a million to 11.4m trips.And its thought the political upheaval in popular tourist destinations like Egypt and Tunisia will further boost the so-called stay-cation market.We do a lot of recruitment for clients in the Channel Islands for instance and theyre expecting a much better year this year, says James Tucker, operations manager for Towngate Personnel in Bournemouth.Cairo International Airport is the second-largest airport in Africa handling 16 million passengers a year 15 million of them tourists.Winter is high season for Egyptian tourism so the timing of the current unrest couldnt be worse and some airlines have cancelled flights to mainland Egypt. A few weeks ago you couldnt get into or out of the country because of the bad weather, so you can see how taking a holiday at home a stay-cation if you like could suddenly look attractive to anyone planning their holidays.Hospitality and catering industry specialists, Towngate Personnel has already doubled its turnover year on year, reporting its best January for several years.We had a very good January and did twice the business we did this time last year, adds Mr Tucker. You have to take it as a positive sign and it would be nice to think its pointing the way to a good year for the domestic tourism industry throughout the UK.


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