Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation , UNWTO said in its last report that the demand for international tourism continued to remain quite strong in the year 2016 though there have been several challenges.
This organization said that the international tourist arrivals increased by 3.9% and reached a total of 1.2 billion.
The latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer said that as many as 46 million more tourists, most of them overnight tourists have travelled to a greater extent internationally, as compared to 2015.
The report also stated that 2016 marked the seventh consecutive year of sustained growth after the global financial and economic crisis after 2009.
Consequently, 300 more international tourists have travelled all across the world in the year 2016 as compared to the pre-crisis record in 2008. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO secretary-general said that tourism sector has observed spectacular growth in the last few years. Having said that, international travel continues to grow strongly.
Therefore, it has started to grow quite strongly and so it has been a major contributor to job creation and the well-being of communities.
Analysis of the growth trend has portrayed that the Asia Pacific region has shown 8% growth.
This has led to a growth of international tourist arrivals in 2016. Strong demand from interregional and intra-regional source markets has been responsible for this growth.
Africa had witnessed about 8% growth.
The positive impact continued in the Americas representing 4% growth. But then, demand in the Middle East was not even. Experts are positive about 2017 as the latest survey of UNWTO’s Panel of Experts showed optimistic results.
The current trends state that the outlook of the UNWTO Panel of Experts suggests that the international tourist arrivals would be growing at a rate of nearly 4 to 7% in 2017.
Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO secretary-general said that they would now aim at collaborating closely with an aim to contribute to a larger economic growth, mutual understanding, cultural and environmental preservation and societal development.