Published on : Thursday, January 19, 2017
Number of international tourists increased by 4% worldwide to 1.2 billion last year with Asians traveling more. However, security fears and terror attacks hit visitor figures in Europe. This was said by the WTO. Those living in Asia and on a travel in their own region and other parts of the world increased to 8% compared to 2015. The Asia-Pacific region proved a popular destination and became the second most visited region after Europe. WTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said that the results in Europe were mixed – with some regions reporting a double-digit growth, and some displayed a flat rate. The Americas registered a 4% growth in visitor numbers. Africa had an 8% growth, rising over its security fears of 2015.
However, the Middle East saw a 4% drop in visitor numbers. Although France ranked number one in 2015, due to recent extremist attacks, visitor numbers sharply declined and impacted tourist arrivals. Frederic Valletoux, the tourism chief for the Paris region said that the area hasn’t recovered yet, since the impact was largely unforeseen. Tourism accounts for 10% of global gross domestic product (GDP), 7% of international trade and 30% of service exports. One in every 11 jobs comes from tourism, direct or indirect.