Germans set to remain most-travelled nation

20th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 January 2006, LONDON - Germans are likely to remain the world champions of travel for the foreseeable future while US residents cut down on foreign trips, the British consumer analyst company Mintel has found.

20 January 2006

LONDON - Germans are likely to remain the world champions of travel for the foreseeable future while US residents cut down on foreign trips, the British consumer analyst company Mintel has found.

While Britons could be taking as many as 100 million trips abroad a year by 2020, Germans are expected to go on more than 147 million overseas visits - the most by any nation.

Residents of the top 15 countries in terms of trips taken abroad made more than 433 million visits to foreign countries in 2005, Mintel said.

It added that this figure was set to double to more than 838 million trips in 2020.

The Japanese are forecast to be second to the Germans in 2020 by taking 139.5 million foreign trips, with China third with 113.2 million and Britain fourth with 101.5 million.

The US, formerly the country whose residents made the most foreign visits, are likely to be fifth in the travel league table in 2020 with 85.1 million trips made.

Mintel predicted that France would be in sixth position, with Russia seventh.

"In recent years, the global tourism industry has been forced to contend with terrorist activities around the world, the devastating consequences of the Asian tsunami, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Pakistan earthquake and the prospect of an avian flu pandemic", said Richard Cope of Montel.

"Despite this, in the 15 leading outbound markets travel overseas has remained robust and is set to see a considerable increase over the next 15 years. There is little doubt that travelling abroad is now an integral part of people's lives in these countries."

Cope said, "While national economies and security fears will cause some would-be travellers to stay at home, or sway their choice of destination, for a considerable proportion a holiday or business trip abroad has become part of day-to-day life and is no longer regarded as a luxury."

DPA

Subject: German news

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