Return to our Home page Search
Click here for the hotel and hospitality news from around the globe Hotel, Travel and Hospitality Articles Videos and in-depth Interviews
Read more now
Read more now
Read more now
International tourism an engine for the economic recovery.
Wednesday, 25th December 2013
Source : UNWTO World Tourism Barometer

In the first nine months of 2013, international tourism grew by 5%; the number of international tourist arrivals reported by destinations around the world increased by some 41 million between January and September, growing above UNWTO’s initial forecast and creating an important stimulus to the receiving economies.
International tourist arrivals grew by 5% in the first nine months of the year, to reach a record 845 million worldwide, an estimated 41 million more than in the same period of 2012. Growth was driven by Europe and Asia and the Pacific, both seeing tourist numbers increase by 6%.
“International tourism continues to grow above expectations, supporting economic growth in both advanced and emerging economies and bringing much needed support to job creation, GDP and the balance of payments of many destinations” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai. “It is particularly encouraging to see the strong results in many European destinations, where the tourism sector is, undoubtedly, one of the engines of the economic recovery”.

Europe beats expectations

In Europe, the world’s most visited region, international tourist arrivals grew by 6% led by above-average results in Central and Eastern Europe (+7%) and Southern and Mediterranean Europe (+6%). This growth exceeds the initial forecast for 2013 and is double the average growth rate of international tourism in Europe since 2000 (+2.7% a year between 2000 and 2012).
Asia and the Pacific (+6%) continued to show robust results, bolstered by South-East Asia (+12%).
The Americas (+3%) reported comparatively weaker results, with better performance in North America (+4%) and Central America and (+3%).
In Africa (+5%) growth was fuelled by the recovery in North Africa (+6%), while the Middle East saw only a marginal increase (+0.3%).
Growth in tourism receipts confirms positive trend

The positive trend registered in international tourist arrivals is reflected in international tourism receipts reported by destinations worldwide for the first six to ten months of the year.
Among the 25 largest international tourism earners, receipts saw double-digit growth in ten destinations - the United States (+11%), Macao (China) (+10%), the United Kingdom (+18%), Thailand (+28%), Hong Kong (China) (+21%), Turkey (+13%), India (+13%), Japan (+23%), Greece (+15%) and Taiwan (Pr. of China) (+12%).
Exponential growth in outbound expenditure by China and Russia

Among the top ten source markets, the Russian Federation led growth, with expenditure on trips abroad up by 29% in the first nine months of the year. This follows the strong growth in recent years, as a result of which Russia has moved up from the 12th largest outbound market in 2000 to the 5th largest in 2012 (US$ 43 billion).
China, which became the number one source market in the world last year (US$ 102 billion), also continued to see rapid growth, posting a 22% increase in expenditure on outbound tourism through September 2013.
Outbound expenditure from other BRIC economies was also strong in Brazil (+15%). The performance of advanced economy source markets was comparatively weaker: Canada (+3%), the United States (+2%), the United Kingdom (+2%) and France (+2%) grew moderately, while Germany reported zero growth and Japan, Australia and Italy saw declines in expenditure.

Note: UNWTO will announce full 2013 results during its traditional press conference to be held on 20 January 2014, the eve of the Spanish tourism fair FITUR.
Useful links:
Infographic: International Tourist Arrivals January - September 2013
UNWTO Tourism Highlights, 2013 Edition

~ Important Notice ~
Articles appearing here contain copyright material. They are meant for your personal use and may not be reproduced or redistributed. While 4Hoteliers makes every effort to ensure accuracy, we can not be held responsible for the content nor the views expressed, which may not necessarily be those of either the original author or 4Hoteliers or its agents.

Learn more about DigiJames - in room technology
 Related News  (Click title to read article)
Bargain hunting for luxury hotels - which city offers the best deal?
Tourism and Media: exploring new tourism communication formats.
Cambodia accepts open letter on Travel and Tourism.
Dubai welcomes close to 8 million visitors in first nine months of 2013.
 Latest News  (Click title to read article)
TripAdvisor travel app reaches 100 million downloads
Saturday, 19th April 2014

Holiday Inn M4 Jct 4 refurbishes double-standard bedrooms
Saturday, 19th April 2014

Facebook and Twitter - Nothing there says Priceline
Friday, 18th April 2014

JW launches experience-driven CUR8 App for travelers
Friday, 18th April 2014

Global training spending finally growing again - Part 1
Friday, 18th April 2014
 Latest Articles  (Click title to read article)
Do Your Job Descriptions Inspire Greatness?
Saturday, 19th April 2014

Creativity & Passion - Keys to Wowing and Returning Guests
Friday, 18th April 2014

The Critical Connection Between Resilient Workplaces And Diversity
Friday, 18th April 2014

Besides Training: How To Maximize Hotel Reservations Conversions
Thursday, 17th April 2014

Millennials: Technology = Social Connection
Thursday, 17th April 2014
 Most Read News  (Click title to read article)
Follow us: LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+
ITB Berlin 2015 Marketing Programs
LIVE Videos and Interviews from past ITB Berlin trade shows
ITB Berlin 2014 - The Full Coverage
In Focus: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

© Copyright 4Hoteliers 2001-2014 ~ unless stated otherwise, all rights reserved.
You can read more about 4Hoteliers and our company here

Use of this web site is subject to our
terms & conditions of service and privacy policy