International tourism has continued to prosper in the first part of 2017, as the number of international arrivals jumped by 6% between January and April.
According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, there has been sustained growth across major destinations during the first quarter, which has raised expectations for a record breaking year.
In total, destinations worldwide welcomed 369 million international tourists in the first four months of the year (January to April), 21 million more than during the same period in 2016.
January to April usually represents around 28% of the yearly total of travellers as it covers the summer season in the southern hemisphere, as well as the Easter Holidays and Chinese New Year.
Most of the top destinations during 2016 have continued to see a growing level of interest as travellers shrug off security and economic concerns.
International arrivals in the Middle East increased by 10%, whilst Africa and Europe saw growth of 8% and 6% respectively.
Despite a poor opening four months during 2016, North Africa saw an increase of 18% in 2017, whilst South Asia also recorded a 14% surge in international visitors.
“Destinations that were affected by negative events during 2016 are showing clear signs of recovery in a very short period of time”, said UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai.
According to the UNWTO’s Panel of Tourism Experts – who are surveyed every four months – global tourism performance in the first four months of 2017 reflects the highest confidence score in 12 years, exceeding their expectations from the start of the year.
The experts also revealed that they expect to see continued growth during the current May to August 2017 period, which includes the peak tourism season for the majority of the world’s major destinations.
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Date Created: 19/07/2017