Published: Wed, January 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Global tourism to United States slumps, but grows globally

Global tourism to United States slumps, but grows globally

Spain is set to replace the United States as the world's second most popular tourism destination while France has retained the top spot, the UN World Tourism Organisation has said. Spain, which has beaten its record of tourists, with more than 82 million (failing to know official data), but also France, which recovers after hard years after Islamist attacks of Paris and Nice in 2015, have contributed largely to growth European tourist. Asia and the Pacific recorded 6% growth, the Middle East 5% and the Americas 3%.

UNWTO says it expects this "strong" momentum to continue into 2018 at a more sustainable pace of +4%-5% - however, above the +3.8% average increase projected for the period 2010-2020 by UNWTO's Tourism Towards 2030 long-term forecast. Results were partly shaped by the global economic upswing and the robust outbound demand from many traditional and emerging source markets, particularly a rebound in tourism spending from Brazil and the Russian Federation after a few years of declines. And while the political crisis sparked a drop in visitor numbers to the northeastern region as massive demonstrations were staged following the independence bid, it does not appear to have dented overall tourist figures for Spain in 2017. Arrivals in South Asia grew 10%, in South-East Asia 8% and in Oceania 7%.

Based on data reported by destinations around the world, it is estimated that global tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) worldwide increased 7% in 2017. It is eighth consecutive year, from 2009, in growth of world tourism, although Pololikashvili has highlighted that 2017 was year of greatest growth since 2010.

By region, the UNTWO said that worldwide arrivals to Europe surged by 8%, outpacing solid increases in Africa and the Asia Pacific.

In its preliminary analysis of 2017 tourism data, UNWTO said: "Led by Mediterranean destinations, Europe recorded extraordinary results for such a large and rather mature region".

For Spain in general, Unwto Secretary general rules out that he has touched his ceiling in 2017 and has predicted a new year of growth although destinations that have traditionally competed with Spain in Mediterranean are recovering at an accelerated rate in Last times.

The Americas saw the lowest increase at 3%, with South America leading the total growth at 7% of the Americas' grand total. "North Africa enjoyed a strong recovery with arrivals growing by 13 per cent, while in sub-Saharan Africa arrivals increased by 5 per cent", it noted.

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