UNWTO: International tourist arrivals rose 6% in the first six months

first_imgAccording to the latest World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) barometer, international tourism arrivals rose 6% in the first six months of 2018 after a record year of growth in 2017 when 7% growth was achieved.All world regions achieved strong growth in tourist arrivals in the period from January to June 2018. The increase was driven by strong demand in major markets, supported by an increase in the global economy.By region, Europe and Asia and the Pacific led growth of 7%, while Southern Mediterranean Europe and Southeast Asia had the strongest results in these regions with 9% more international tourists. The Middle East and Africa recorded excellent results with an increase of 5 % and 4%, while U.S. countries recorded 3% growth over the six-month period, driven by South America (+ 7%) and North America (+ 5%). The United States has continued to have a lot of fuel in the region and beyond.”Today’s indicators of international tourism data for the first half of 2018 serve as further evidence of the sector’s resilience and relentless growth trajectory. We continue to work with our many partners to transform this growth into better jobs, more benefits for societies and more opportunities for sustainable living and destinations Said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.On the demand side, France, the United Kingdom and the Russian Federation recorded double-digit increases in consumption in Europe. India and the Republic of Korea drove growth in Asia and the Pacific, while the world’s highest market source China recorded similar consumption as in the same period last year.Growth prospects for the rest of 2018 remain positive, albeit at a slower pace, according to the latest UNWTO confidence index survey. The value of the index for May-August and expectations for September-December are slightly lower than the value indices for January-April.Side dish: World Toursim Barometer UNWTOlast_img

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