Published on : Thursday, May 23, 2019
The latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer from the UNWTO shows that international tourism continued to grow over the first quarter of this year. Although at a slower rate compared with the last two years, the 4% increase registered early this year is a very positive sign. The Middle East (+8%) and Asia and the Pacific (+6%) experienced the highest increase in international arrivals. Europe and Africa witnessed increase by 4%, and in the Americas, growth was recorded at 3%.
To quote the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, “International tourism continues to perform strongly worldwide fuelled by a positive economy, increased air capacity and visa facilitation. Growth in arrivals is easing slightly after two years of exceptional results, but the sector continues to outpace the global rate of economic growth.”
Europe, the world’s largest tourism region, reported strong growth, led by destinations in Southern and Mediterranean Europe and Central and Eastern Europe. Growth in Africa was driven by the ongoing recovery in North Africa. In the Americas, the Caribbean made a comeback strongly after weak results in 2018. In Asia and the Pacific, results for the first three months showed a 6% increase led by North-East Asia and a very strong performance from the Chinese market.
The UNWTO predicts growth of 3% to 4% in international tourist arrivals this year.