Published on : Wednesday, July 19, 2017
According to the European Tourism Commission’s latest report “European Tourism 2017 – Trends & Prospects”, the European tourism sector is booming. 28 out of 30 destinations registered growth with arrivals of foreign tourists in the first half of 2017. Some destinations even reported growth in double-digit range.
On the top of this ranking is Iceland which reported 56% more tourist arrivals. Significant growth has also been reported by Montenegro (+ 25%), Malta (+ 23%) and Cyprus (+ 18%). Finland (+ 18%) and Bulgaria (+ 17%) also boosted the European tourism sector. Portugal, Serbia and Croatia (+ 15% each) reported significant increase too.
Spain (+ 12%), Great Britain and Hungary (+ 11%) also had considerable growth. Germany (+ 4.8%), Switzerland (+ 4.9%) and Austria (+ 2.5%), on the other hand, are at the lower end of the table.
In the first half of 2017, only two destinations registered declining arrivals – Turkey and Norway. Practically all European destinations profited from the positive economic situation in the euro zone, which has led to a significant increase in the number of tourists from Germany, France and Italy.