Madrid in Spain, one of the top European destinations you can visit on solo holidaysEuropean tourism is set to become the main economic driver in 2012, according to a new Eurobarometer survey on the attitudes of Europeans towards tourism.

The latest figures reveal that 72% of EU citizens travelled in 2011, whilst more than 80% said they were planning to do so in 2012.

The European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship said: “Our continent’s cultural and natural richness, and long-standing traditions of hospitality, are still close to the hearts of Europeans. The European Tourism sector has performed well, and it even grew in 2011. Our data underline that the sector will further improve in 2012. This confirms that travel and tourism are powerful economic drivers for the European recovery”.

Should you be planning on embarking on some solo holidays this year, there are plenty of destinations aroundEurope to entertain and excite and can be the ideal vacation to meet some new friends.