Almost all travel source markets saw increased spending on tourism in 2017, according to latest UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) figures.
The UNWTO World Tourism Barometer shows the top-25 outbound markets all recorded higher spending on international trips last year, with China retaining its position as greatest global spender with a 5% increase to $258 billion.
Spending by US travellers, who comprise the second-biggest source market, rose 9% to $135 billion.
Germany, the world number-three for outbound travel, saw a 3% rise in spending to $84 billion, as did the UK – the fourth-biggest market – to $63 billion.
France, the world number five, saw just a 1% increase to $41 billion.
Other source markets in the global top-ten also recorded growth – Australia by 7%, Canada 9%, South Korea 9% and Italy 6%.
Europe outpaced the 7% growth in global arrivals with an 8% rise in international visitors, as arrivals to the EU hit 538 million or 40% of the world total.
However, emerging economies, including the former BRIC countries, also saw growth in spending on international tourism – Russia by 13%, Brazil by 20% and India by 9%.
UNWTO secretary general Zurab Pololikashvili said: “Emerging economies can play a key role in tourism development. We are very pleased to see the rebound of the Russian Federation and Brazil and the ongoing rise of India.”
Pololikashvili added: “Sustained growth in tourism has been instrumental in the economic recovery of many countries in Europe and around the world.”
This is a community-moderated forum.
All post are the individual views of the respective commenter and are not the expressed views of Travel Weekly.
By posting your comments you agree to accept our Terms & Conditions.