Last year sees highest growth in international tourist visits around the world

Published on : Saturday, October 13, 2018

globe mapSince 2010, the highest growth in international tourist visits around the world was witnessed last year.

This was according to the according to the UNWTO ‘Tourism Highlights’ report for 2017. Globally, tourists spent a total of $1.34trn (€1.2trn trillion) last year. The bulk of that was in the United States, where visitors spent $210bn.

The increase in tourist numbers was driven by sustained travel demand for destinations across all world regions, with many regions suffering from security challenges in recent years seeing a firm recovery.

Ireland welcomed nine million overseas tourists in 2017, spending a total of €4.9bn during their visit. Fáilte Ireland data showed that Dublin was the most popular destination, welcoming 5.9 million tourists from abroad, who spent a total of €2bn during their stay in the city.

This year, overseas visitors to Ireland are up 7.8pc in the first eight months of 2018, compared to the same period last year, with the country welcoming just over 7.2 million overseas visitors from January to August.

According to Paul Kelly, the CEO of Fáilte Ireland, the success of the tourism industry in Ireland is due to a mixture of “good planning at State level, and the work of an innovative industry”.

France – with 87 million visitors in 2017 – attracted more tourists than any other nation, in spite of recent terrorist attacks.

Spain climbed from third to second spot with regard to visits. European countries dominated the top 10 list of most-visited destinations in the world, with last year marking the eighth consecutive year in sustained growth in the European tourist market.

Travel demand increased from virtually all of Europe’s source markets, both inside and outside the region, fuelling inbound growth across Europe. The recovery of the Russian outbound market benefited many destinations across the continent.


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