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New worldwide travel record set in first 10 months of 2017

AirportDuring the first 10 months of 2017, global international arrivals surpassed 1.1 billion, setting a new record in the process.

Figures from the latest UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer show that there has been a 7% increase in international travellers between January and October when compared with 2016.

This strong growth has been put down to an economic upturn in a number of countries, meaning more people are willing to travel.

There were 1,127 million overnight visitors in the year to October, with destinations in both Southern and Mediterranean Europe showing a 7% increase.

Turkey in particular has seen rapid growth, while some areas have even managed to record double-digit rises in visitor numbers.

Europe saw the most international arrivals when comparing region to region, recording an 8% increase overall, with Western Europe in particular seeing growth of 7%.

Taleb Rifai, UNWTO secretary-general, said: “These robust results, the best we have seen in many years, reflect the sustained demand for travel around the world in line with the improved global economy and the rebound of destinations that suffered declines in previous years.”

Both Canada and Mexico were responsible for 2% of growth in North America, however the USA saw a drop off in the number of arrivals.

In line with the growing level of tourism, the AITO Travel Insights Report 2017 has revealed that British holiday-makers are planning on growing their travel plans during 2018.

The findings show that travellers are not put off by economic pressures or the recent troubles with airlines, such as Ryanair and Monarch.

Of those surveyed, more than 90% expect to either maintain or grow their travel plans next year, whilst 21% are intent on taking even more.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your worldwide travel insurance in advance

Date Created: 19 December 2017

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