(Forimmediaterelease. net) Need for international tourism remained strong in 2016 despite challenges. Worldwide tourist arrivals grew by 3 or more. 9% to reach a total of 1, 235 million, according to the latest UNWTO Planet Tourism Barometer. Some 46 mil more tourists (overnight visitors) journeyed internationally last year compared to 2015.
2016 was the seventh consecutive 12 months of sustained growth following the this year global economic and financial crisis. The comparable sequence of uninterrupted strong growth has not been recorded since the sixties.
As a result, 300 million a lot more international tourists travelled the world within 2016 as compared to the pre-crisis report in 2008.
International travel and leisure receipts grew at a similar speed in this period (complete 2016 invoices results will be reported in May).
“ Tourism has demonstrated extraordinary strength and resilience recently, despite many challenges, particularly individuals related to safety and security. Yet, international take a trip continues to grow strongly and contribute to work creation and the wellbeing of organizations around the world”, said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai.
Simply by region, Asia and the Pacific (+8%) led growth in international visitor arrivals in 2016, fuelled simply by strong demand from both intra- and interregional source markets. The african continent (+8%) enjoyed a strong rebound right after two weaker years. In the Americas (+4%) the positive momentum continued. European countries (+2%) showed rather mixed outcomes, with double-digit growth in some places offset by decreases in other people. Demand in the Middle East (-4%) seemed to be uneven, with positive results in some locations, but declines in others.
Recalling that 2017 continues to be designated by the United Nations the Global Year of Sustainable Tourism with regard to Development, Mr. Rifai said “ we need to work closer together in order to harness the contribution of travel and leisure to economic growth, social addition, cultural and environmental preservation plus mutual understanding, particularly when we reside in times with such a deficit associated with respect and tolerance”.
Experts remain optimistic about 2017
The latest survey associated with UNWTO’ s Panel of Specialists shows continued confidence in 2017, with the large majority (63%) from the some 300 respondents expecting ‘ better’ or ‘ much better’ results than in 2016. The Cell score for 2017 virtually equates to that of 2016, so growth is usually expected to be maintained at a comparable level.
Based on present trends, the outlook of the UNWTO Panel of Experts and financial prospects, UNWTO projects international visitor arrivals worldwide to grow at a rate associated with 3% to 4% in 2017. Europe is expected to grow in 2% to 3%, Asia as well as the Pacific and Africa both with 5% to 6%, the Americas at 4% to 5% as well as the Middle East at 2% in order to 5%, given the higher volatility in the area.
2016 Regional Outcomes
Results in Europe had been rather mixed with a number of destinations impacted by safety and security challenges. International arrivals attained 620 million in 2016, or even 12 million (+2%) more than within 2015. Northern Europe (+6%) plus Central Europe (+4%) both documented sound results, while in Southern Mediterranean sea Europe arrivals grew by 1% and in Western Europe results were even.
Asia and the Pacific cycles (+8%) led growth across locations in both relative and absolute conditions, recording 24 million more global tourist arrivals in 2016 to perform 303 million. Growth was solid in all four subregions, with Oceania receiving 10% more arrivals, Southern Asia 9% more and North-East Asian countries and South-East Asia both 8% more.
International visitor arrivals in the Americas(+4%) increased simply by 8 million to reach 201 mil, consolidating the solid results documented in the last two years. Growth was considerably stronger in South America and Main America (both +6%), while the Carribbean and North America recorded around 4% more arrivals.
Offered data for Africa points for an 8% rebound in international landings in 2016 after two stressed years, adding 4 million landings to reach 58 million. Sub-Saharan The african continent (+11%) led growth, while the gradual recovery started in North The african continent (+3%).
The Middle Eastern received 54 million international visitor arrivals in 2016. Arrivals reduced an estimated 4% with mixed outcomes among the region’ s destinations. Outcomes for both Africa and the Center East should be read with extreme caution as they are based on limited available information.
Media contact: UNWTO Media Officer Rut Gomez Sobrino Tel: (+34) 91 567 seventy eight 60 rgomez@unwto. org
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