Western Europe had meager tourism growth in 2016

Published on : Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Western EuropeLast year, more than 620 million tourists visited various destinations in Europe, but some regions in Western Europe like France had virtually no international tourism growth. As per latest data from the UNWTO, 1.23 billion people crossed international borders last year, a 3.9% increase over 2015. Compared to 2015, some 46 million more tourists, which comprised overnight visitors, traveled globally last year.

 

According to the UNWTO, Western Europe, which suffered multiple terror attacks in Brussels, Paris, Nice and Berlin, had negative tourism growth in 2016. Southern Europe’s tourism arrivals grew by 1.4% and Europe’s overall growth was about 2%.

 
Last year, the Asia-Pacific region had the overall strongest tourism growth in the world with 8.4%, counting 302.9 million international visits mostly in China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Some African destinations too witnessed considerable growth last year, after suffering setbacks in 2014 due to Ebola outbreak. Overall tourism growth to the continent was 8.1% for last year.

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