348 million international tourists have gone around travelling the world till now this year

Published on : Saturday, July 23, 2016

international touristsIn the first four months of the year, The UN’s World Tourism Organization has reported that there were 5.3% more tourists than during the same time last year all over the world. Around 348 million people traversed around the globe in this time period.

Global tourism sector has faced no crisis whatsoever. International tourist arrivals in 2 015 increased by 4.6% all over the world and from 2009, the growth has been steady with at least 4% every year. UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said, “Results show a strong desire to travel and this continues to drive tourism growth. Destinations keep benefitting from solid demand across all world regions despite ongoing challenges, showing that tourism is a dynamic and resilient economic sector.”

With people gearing up for summer holidays, 500 million international tourists are anticipated to go travelling from May to August. A growth of 3.5% to 4.5% is expected in 2016. In fact, this reinstates UNWTO’s long term prediction of having at least 3.8% growth every year from 2010 to 2020.

Asia and the Pacific show growth
There was 9% growth in Asia and the Pacific in international tourist arrivals from the start of the year. The Asian sub regions saw an overall growth of 7%, while Thailand and Oceania, each welcomed 10% more visitors.

At second place comes Africa, which saw a growth of 7%. More visitors chose Sub-Saharan Africa instead of North Africa, which is currently in a geopolitical situation.
The Atlantic, Central and South America had 7% increase each in tourist arrivals.

Europe is still the most favoured province
According to UNWTO’s report, despite various terror threats, Europe is still the most visited region in the world. There was 4% growth of tourist arrivals in all over Europe. 6% growth was seen on Northern, Central and Eastern Europe while Western Europe recorded the lowest with 3% growth.


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