Global Statistics

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has issued its latest Tourism Barometer which has revealed that:

  • International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 6% in January-April 2017 compared to the same period last year, with business confidence reaching its highest levels in a decade
  • Destinations worldwide received 369 million international tourists (overnight visitors) in the first four months of this year, 21 million more than in the same period of 2016
  • Europe mirrored the global trend, with a 6% increase in arrivals during the January to April period
  • According to the UNWTO Panel of Experts international tourism is set to grow between 3% and 4% during 2017, with European arrivals expected to increase between 2% and 3%
Global Statistics

The 2016 story

  • There were 1,235 million international tourism arrivals in 2016, up 3.9% on 2015
  • Last year international tourism receipts grew by 2.6% in real terms to reach $1,220 billion
  • The most visited destination by international tourists was France, but both the United States (2nd) and Spain (3rd) narrowed the lead the France has
  • China and Italy round out the top five destinations in terms of arrivals, followed by Turkey, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Thailand
  • The top earner from international visitors remains the USA, well ahead of Spain, but Thailand has now surged into third spot
  • Completing the top five are China and France, followed by Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia
  • The top spenders on international tourism in 2016 were China, USA, Germany, United Kingdom and France, with positions six to ten being made up from Canada, South Korea, Italy, Australia and Hong Kong