This year the number of outbound trips made by Europeans increased by about 4.5 percent over the first eight months, according to preliminary World Travel Monitor® results from IPK International. This once again represented good growth following a rise of 3 percent in 2014 and similar low single-digit growth rates in the last few years. Overall, European outbound travel grew by 13% from 2009 to 2014, reaching a total of 444 million outbound trips last year. However, demand for different destinations fluctuated strongly this year, with some countries in southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East suffering in particular. Dr Martin Buck, Messe Berlin's Senior Vice President, commented: "Many destinations have faced problems this year, keeping travellers away, sometime in droves. European tourists are choosing safer destinations, and in some cases they are even shifting from international trips to holidays within their country." One result was stronger demand for destinations within Europe. For example, the number of international arrivals in Europe grew by 5 percent between January and August this year compared to an overall 2.4 percent rise in 2014 and ahead of the expected 3-4 percent growth for this year, according to UNWTO figures. Indeed, about 85 percent of international trips made by Europeans are to destinations within Europe, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. Get the full story at Hospitality.Net