Tourists are rushing to Europe, shunning the US

 Saturday, January 20, 2018 


Tourists are rushing to EuropeIn 2017 large number of tourists went back to Europe after the threat of terrorism kept looming. However, the United States turned out to be the less popular destination at that period of time, probably because of President Trump’s crude comments and behavior.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization data pin points the fact that arrival of international tourists worldwide increased by 7 percent last year, accounting to 1.32 billion. These comprised 671 million overseas visits to Europe, a growth of over 8 percent in comparison to 2016.

Africa strengthened its 2016’s bounce back with an 8 percent growth. On the other hand, Asia and the Pacific recorded a major growth of 6 percent. The Middle East witnessed a growth of 5 percent and the Americas 3 percent respectively.

As per China National Tourism Administration, 69.5 million foreign tourists visited China in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of around 2.4 percent. A similar growth is anticipated in the second half of the year.

The growth of Europe was driven by an increase of 13 percent in Southern and Mediterranean Europe. It was then followed by Western Europe at 7 percent. Northern Europe and Central and Eastern Europe both witnessed a growth of 5 percent.

In 2017, the U.S. saw 207 million international tourist arrivals with majority of the destinations having positive results; the country is hoping to witness a decline in international visitor number.

According to the US Department of Commerce, arrivals went down by 4 percent through July 2017, the latest month information published by the department.

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