19 Feb 2008 06:02:10
Ferry travel 'a green alternative to flying'
Travelling by ferry may be an attractive option for holidaymakers looking to cut their carbon footprint, a spokesperson from the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has suggested.
According to Frances Tuke of ABTA, ferry holidays still remain popular with travelling families despite the rising number of low-cost airlines and cheap flights to many short-haul destinations in the UK and Europe.
"It offers customers and families another choice, really. It's just a different type of holiday that you get - it's a very different experience," she said.
Ms Tuke added that consumers may be drawn to ferry travel because it is considered to be a relatively green form of transport.
"I think people are thinking very differently about how they travel and so green issues do come to the forefront," she said.
According to the Green Travel Index, which was commissioned by travelsupermarket.com at the end of 2007, people aged 25-34 were revealed to be the most concerned about the impact travelling has on the environment and was the most prepared age group to adapt their vacation habits to accommodate low-carbon alternatives.