UNWTO ANNUAL REPORT: INTERNATIONAL TOURIST ARRIVALS UP FOR 7TH STRAIGHT YEAR
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) recently released its 2016 Annual Report. The report shows that despite many challenges faced by international travel and tourism, 2016 proved to be another excellent year as international tourist arrivals grew for the 7th consecutive year to reach 1.2bn (1 235 million).
2016 International Tourism in numbers – per region
The strongest growth was recorded in Africa, which saw 58 million international tourist arrivals in 2016 (5% of total global share). The Asia/Pacific region recorded the 2nd highest growth with 309 million arrivals, making up 25% of total share. Europe and the Americas witnessed the best performance in 2016, with 615 million (50% share) and 200 million (16% share) international tourist arrivals respectively. The Middle East region saw 54 million international tourist arrivals in 2016, completing the global market share table with 4%.
2016 International Tourism in numbers – per country
- France – 5 million arrivals
- United States – 77.5m
- Spain – 5m
- China – 9m
- Italy – 7m
In terms of international tourism expenditure (top tourism spenders), China leads with USD$261bn, followed by USA ($12bn), Germany ($81bn), United Kingdom ($64bn) and France ($41bn). Also, between 2008 and 2016, 300 million more people travelled internationally for tourism-related reasons. Click here for the 2016 UNWTO Annual Report and learn more on:
- Tourism in the global agenda in 2016
- Tourism and sustainability in 2016
- Responsible and inclusive tourism in 2016
- Tourism in a changing global economy