Published on : Tuesday, November 7, 2017
As per the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, places all around the world greeted over 901 million overseas visitors, mainly overnight, 56 million more than in same time of last year. This accounts to a strong 7% increase, which is quite above the increase of previous years.
If we go by UNWTO regions, Africa had the most powerful growth of +9% and Europe +8%, followed by Asia and the Pacific +6%, the Middle East +5% and the Americas +3%.
Expecting positive prospects for the remaining months of this year, 2017 will be the eighth consecutive year of constant growth in terms of international tourism.
Results show the sustained development in different places along with the revival of those destinations which were suffering from security challenges in recent years.
“Tourism is a major economic engine and employment generator, contributing to the improvement of livelihoods of millions of people around the world” stated UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai in London, ahead of the World Travel Market.
“As we draw to the end of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, we must reflect on how to manage tourism in a responsible and sustainable way beyond 2017. Maximizing the social and economic benefits of tourism while minimizing any negative impacts on host communities and the environment should remain at the forefront of our efforts in the years to come, with policy-makers, companies and travelers all contributing to this shared objective,” Mr. Rifai added.
International arrivals in Europe (+8%) rebounded in both Southern and Mediterranean part with +12% and Western Europe with +7% following a feeble 2016. In Northern Europe, arrivals increased by 6% and by 4% in Central and Eastern Europe between January and August of this year.