Travellers are feeling increasingly confident about the financial climate and booking more flights to Thailand and other exotic locations, it has been suggested.

Tourists are becoming increasingly confident about the economy and, as such, are booking more flights to Thailand, India and other overseas destinations, it has been asserted.

Ian Bradley, a spokesperson for the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), said that there is a growing sense of optimism within the UK’s travel sector.

He made his comments after the company published research it had undertaken with Wanderlust magazine.

The study found that 45 per cent of tour operators saw booking levels at either the same level or greater than during the same period in 2008.

Mr Bradley stated: “It’s been a year since things started to go wrong in the economy and people have decided that most of the [job] cuts that are likely to be made have probably happened by now.”

As such, enquiries and bookings are on the rise, the industry commentator said, noting that there is a growing sense of confidence among consumers and operators alike.

Written by Erin Marshall

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