International tourism expected to continue its upward trend next year

Published on : Wednesday, December 5, 2018

International tourism is expected to continue its upward trend next year as well boosted by a 6 percent rise in international outbound trips in the first eight months of 2018, with Asia and South America expected to report the highest outbound growth and tour holidays making a comeback.

 

According to the World Travel Confidence Index compiled annually by IPK International, North and South Americas are expected to grow by 8 percent; Asia by 6 percent and Europe by 5 percent.

 

From the period from January to August 2018, the number of trips made by Europeans increased by 5 percent, while North Americans went on 4 percent more international trips.

 

Regarding destinations, Asia was the leading choice, up by 8 percent, followed by Europe with 8 percent more visitors and the Americas were at 8 percent. Spain witnessed a small decline but destinations which saw a comeback include Turkey, which marked a 30 percent rise in the number of travelers compared to last year.

 

Holiday trips remained at the top going up by 7 percent, followed by visits to friends and relatives (5 percent) and MICE travel, which was stronger by 5 percent.

 

Destinations like Switzerland, Scandinavia, Canada and Australia, are preferred due to their safety records.

 

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