International tourism grows up by five per cent
for international tourism remained strong throughout the first eight months of
2013, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Between January
and August, the number of international tourists worldwide grew by 5 per cent,
driven by strong results in Europe, Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East.
UNWTO’s panel of
experts confirms this positive trend. Its evaluation of the May-August period
shows a significant improvement in confidence, while prospects for the last
four months of 2013 remain upbeat. In the first eight months of the year,
international tourist arrivals grew by 5 per cent to reach a record 747 million
worldwide, some 38 million more than in the same period of 2012.
After a solid
start of the year, demand for international tourism maintained strength
throughout the northern hemisphere peak season. The months of June to August
have shown sound results – in absolute numbers, international arrivals topped
125 million in both July and August, while in June the 100 million arrivals
mark was exceeded for the first time.
economic growth is in low gear, international tourism continues to produce
above average results in most world regions, offering vital opportunities for
employment and local economies,” said UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai at
the opening of the European Tourism Forum in Vilnius. “This is particularly
important for Europe, where unemployment is a major concern in many
destinations and where the tourism sector has been a source of job growth in
the last decade. Furthermore, through its value chain, tourism creates
businesses and jobs in many other sectors and produces significant export
revenues which contribute favourably to the balance of payments in many
countries,” he added.
benefited the most from the growth of tourism in the first eight months of
2013, with an estimated 20 million more arrivals in the region. Given that
Europe is the world\'s largest tourism region with many mature destinations, a
5% growth rate is very positive. Central and Eastern Europe (+7%) and Southern
and Mediterranean Europe (+6%) performed particularly well.