12% rise in tourism in southern Europe and Med

Middle Eastern destinations also recovering according to UNWTO

13 November, 16:22

    MADRID - Tourism in southern Europe and the Mediterranean region rose by 12% between January and August compared to the same period last year. Destinations in the Middle East also showed a 5% rise in the fisrt eight months of 2017, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) based in Madrid. On a global level, 901 million international tourists were recorded between January and August, more than 56 million more than in 2016. On the basis of these figures, the UNWTO predicts that 2017 will be the eighth consecutive year of growth, showing a global average of 4.5-5%. The good performance of the Mediterranean area can be explained by sustainable growth and the recovery of tourist destinations such as Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia, which the WTO says will return to being competitive with Spain from 2018. The greatest increase in arrivals was recorded in Africa (9%) and in Europe (8%), followed by Asia and the Pacific (6%), the Middle East (5%) and America (3%). The Middle East and North Africa have registered a mixed performence since 2010 as a result of the Arab Spring and terrorist attacks against tourist destinations. However, Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey are returning to normal, with a positive impact on the main European source markets for tourists. In this sense, the negative effects of the elimination by UK travel group Thomas Cook of five flights to Sharm el Sheikh this winter and next summer and of the stabbing murder of two tourists on an Egyptian beach have been compensated by the recovery of 3.5 million tourists in Turkey and Egypt in July and August, the resumption of flights to these two countries and to Tunisia and the rise in bookings by German tour operators in Egypt. In Europe the tourism sector registered 8% growth in the first eight months of the year, with international arrivals rising by 12% in southern and Mediterranean Europe, by 7% in western europe, by 6% in northern Europe and by 4% in central and eastern Europe. Spending on international tourism rose by 19% in China, 12% in the Republic of Korea, 8% in the US and 7% in Spain. Spending in Germany, the UK, Australia, Italy and Hong Kong rose by 3-5% and in France by 1%.

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