UNWTO : International tourism grew 4% in the first half of 2019

Published on : Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Ahead of the 23rd World Tourism Organization General Assembly, the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer published that the International tourist arrivals grew 4% from January to June 2019 as compared to the same period last year.

 

 

Middle East, Asia and the Pacific were responsible for the growth showing +8% and +6%.  There was 4% growth in Europe but Africa and the Americas showed +3% and +2% respectively showing moderate growth.   Between January and June 2019 the destinations worldwide received 671 million international  tourists arrivals. This was almost 30 million more than the same period last year and a continuation of the growth recorded last year.

 

 

The growth is in line with UNWTO’s forecast of 3-4% growth in international tourist arrivals for the full year 2019. Strong economy, affordable air travel, increased air connectivity and enhanced visa facilitation drove the growth. The prolonged uncertainty about Brexit, trade and technological tensions and rising geopolitical challenges have started to take a toll on the business and consumer confidence which was shown in the more cautious UNWTO Confidence Index.

 

 

 

Destinations worldwide received 671 million international tourist arrivals between January and So far, the drivers of these results have been a strong economy, affordable air travel, increased air connectivity and enhanced visa facilitation. However, weaker economic indicators, prolonged uncertainty about Brexit, trade and technological tensions and rising geopolitical challenges, have started to take a toll on business and consumer confidence, as reflected in a more cautious UNWTO Confidence Index.   In the first six months of 2019, Europe grew by 4%, it saw a positive first quarter which was followed by an above-average second quarter  which was due to a busy Easter and the start of the summer season in the world’s most visited region.

 

 

 

Much of the growth was due to the International demand fueled much of the growth and the performance among major European source markets was uneven amid weakening economies. The positive result was also due to the demand from the overseas markets like the USA, China, Japan and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). During January- June 2019 Asia and the Pacific (+6%) showed recorded above world average growth which was largely fuelled by the Chinese outbound travel. South Asia, North-East Asia, South-East Asia were responsible for the growth along with the arrivals in Oceania by 1%. After a weak start of the year in the Americas (+2%) , the results improved .

 

 

 

The Caribbean befitted from the strong US demand and continued to rebound strongly from the impact of hurricanes Irma and Maria in the late 2017. North America showed 2% growth and Central America 1%. Due to the decline in outbound travel from Argentina South America arrivals were down by 5% which affected the neighbouring destinations.   There was a 3% increase in international arrivals in African North Africa showerd robust results with +95 after two years of double-digit figures. However, the growth in the Sub-Saharan Africa was flat zero. The Middle East saw two strong quarters due to Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr.

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