The first 2019 world tourism report has been published by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Among global trends and tourist spending, this is the first feedback on the performances that marked the year 2019.
The latest barometer published on world tourism reveals a strong growth in international arrivals in 2019 (+4%). A total of 1.5 billion international arrivals have been recorded despite events such as the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. The Middle East (+8%) followed by Asia and the Pacific (+5%) benefited greatly from growth, while demand in Europe and Africa (both +4%) grew at the same pace as the world average.
France saw the largest increase in international tourist spending (+11%) among the top ten outbound markets. In emerging markets, tourist spending in Brazil and Saudi Arabia declined. China is the world's largest source market with an increase of +14% in the first half of 2019.
For the year 2020, the UNWTO also forecasts a +4% growth in international arrivals and insists on the need for responsible growth in the sector.
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