The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has released its latest Tourism Barometer, summarising the state of international tourism. Key findings include:
- It was the strongest first six months of the year for international tourism since 2010, with 598 international tourist arrivals, 6% more than in the same period of last year.
- There has been a notable rebound in arrivals in destinations that saw sharp declines in recent years such as Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia.
- European destinations welcomed 7.7% more international arrivals in the first half of this year, with the late Easter being partly to thank for this above-trend growth.
- An improving economic picture, especially in Eurozone countries, has helped to underpin this growth.
- Reservations for international air travel are reported to be 8% up on the same period of last year when looking ahead to the period September to December, with an equivalent level of growth reported for the period May to August
- It is likely that destinations in the Caribbean and Florida that have suffered damage due to Hurricane Irma will see a short-term dip in international tourist arrivals
- Both Spain and the UK saw double-digit percentage growth in receipts from international tourism during the first half of this year
- China, the USA and Germany are the world’s three most valuable outbound source markets for international tourism and so far in 2017 all three have reported continued growth
- The UK is the fourth most valuable outbound source market and preliminary figures indicate that spending on foreign travel is up 6% in the first six months of 2017