No trembling for the world tourism market

by silvia.spessato

categories Outbound trends


No world economic crisis can restrain the tourism market from growing globally. As the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently announced, more International tourist arrivals grew by 5% in 2013, reaching a record 1,087 million arrivals. China has already become the largest outbound market and last year closed with an expenditure of US$120 billion, a world record. “Tourism has been among the few sectors generating positive news for many economies,” said Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General. According to the UNWTO Baromoter, 52 million additional international tourists traveled the world in 2013. For 2014, UNWTO forecasts 4% to 4.5% growth, but all the previous data surpassed expectations. Regional prospects for Asia and the Pacific are predicted to be the strongest in 2014, with 5% and 6% respectively. In light of weakened, advanced economies, Mr. Rifai added that “UNWTO calls upon national governments to increasingly set up national strategies that support the sector and to deliver on their commitment to fair and sustainable growth.” Europe showed growth in absolute terms, welcoming an additional 29 million international tourist arrivals in 2013, raising the total to 563 million. Central and Eastern Europe (+7%) and Southern Mediterranean Europe (+6%) experienced the best results, following up on an already robust 2011 and 2012. In terms of outbound expenditure, Germany, Japan and Italy instead, reported declines, while France (+6%) recovered from a weak 2012, and the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia all grew by 3%. The Russian Federation, the 5th largest outbound tourist market, reported 26% growth in expenditure, taking into consideration only the first three quarters of 2013.

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Commented by Bill Frankish, 29.08.2017

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