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UK Tourism 'confident for 2008'

A poll has revealed that UK travel operators are confident in their business predictions for 2008.

Both outbound and domestic tour operators based in the UK are confident that they will see business growth next year, according to research.

Over half of the outbound operators surveyed by Travelmole and public relations company BGB said they saw modest business growth in 2007, while 22 per cent reported strong increases.

Some 58 per cent of these respondents predicted further modest increases in 2008, while 27 per cent were confident they would see strong growth.

Almost half (45 per cent) of outbound tour companies said long-haul destinations were their top sellers this year, while 34 per cent said short-haul trips contributed most to their business.

Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of domestic holiday companies saw modest corporate growth this year and only four per cent enjoyed strong increases, figures which were largely attributed to the disappointing summer of 2007.

However these businesses were the most confident for 2008, with 78 per cent foreseeing modest growth and 11 per cent predicting strong profit increases.

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