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Published on : Friday, July 14, 2017
The UNWTO reported that international arrivals in Europe grew 6% for the year to Apr- 2017. The results were rebounding after "mixed results" in 2016, with few destinations returning to normalcy after being impacted by security incidents, while others continued to
grow strongly. Results improved particularly in southern Mediterranean Europe (+9%) and Western Europe (+4%). Northern Europe (+9%) continued to record strong growth, while Central and Eastern Europe recorded 4% more international arrivals, in line with 2016 results.
To quote the UNWTO Secretary-General Dr. Taleb Rifai, “Tourism has shown extraordinary strength and resilience in recent years, despite many challenges, particularly those related to safety and security. Yet, international travel continues to grow strongly and contribute to job creation and the wellbeing of communities around the world.”
With 2017 being designated by the United Nations the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, Dr. Rifai said “we need to work closer together to harness the contribution of tourism to economic growth, social inclusion, cultural and environmental preservation and mutual understanding, particularly when we live in times with such a deficit of respect and tolerance”