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Published on : Thursday, November 10, 2016
As per a latest report by the UNWTO, global tourism remained one of the fastest-growing sectors worldwide. Tourist arrivals reached 956 million till the month of September with a 4% increase. Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO Secretary-General said that tourism is one of the most durable and fastest-growing economic sectors, but it also has risks. Hence, the sector must work together with governments and stakeholders for lessening the risks and build confidence among travelers. He added that every destination has the possibility of risks, and so, there should be increased cooperation in handling such global threats related to safety and security.
According to the newest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, demand for international tourism became strong from January to September this year. However, growth was slower in the second quarter and picked up pace again in the third quarter. Most destinations show hopeful results, but few still continue to struggle with impact of negative events. Hence, these countries need to be supported for restoring confidence, which will benefit the entire tourism sector as a whole.
The Asia-Pacific reported the largest growth in international tourist arrivals with 9% increase and Europe saw a 2% growth. Spain, Hungary, Portugal and Ireland saw more tourists with feeble results in France, Belgium and Turkey. Africa reported 8% increase in arrivals.