The tough economic situation has not prevented overseas tourism increasing in northern and western Europe.
According to the latest figures from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), these two regions both saw a six per cent increase in overseas arrivals in the first two months of 2012.
This may suggest that Britons are still keen to travel to the continent, which may include people catching ferries from Newcastle to Amsterdam
UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai said: "These are welcome results for Europe in a moment in which countries are looking for sectors that can deliver on economic growth and job creation."
The rise in travel to western and northern Europe comes despite the fact that many people are opting to head further east on their European trips.
One good reason for Britons to visit Europe is the fact that the rising value of the pound means travel money can go further in the eurozone.
This week, property expert Marc Da Silva suggested the pound is set to jump as high as €1.26 "in the short term".
Posted by Andrew Smith