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According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s 2018 Tourism Highlights, the total number of international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) grew 7 percent from 2016 to 2017.
International tourist arrivals reached a total of 1.323 billion in 2017, some 84 million more than the previous year and a new record. The sector has now seen uninterrupted growth in arrivals for eight straight years.
2017 was the eighth consecutive year of above- average growth in international tourism following the 2009 global economic crisis. The growth in the travel and tourism industry has been fuelled by the global economic upswing, resulting in strong outbound demand.
By region, Europe and Africa saw bigger than average growth of 8 and 9 percent, respectively. By subregion, North Africa and Southern and Mediterranean Europe saw the greatest increases in 2017, reflecting strong demand for destinations along the Mediterranean.
When looking at sheer numbers, Europe continues to lead with almost half of the world’s total international arrivals, at 671 million. Europe was also home to six of the ten most visited countries in 2017, with France remaining in the lead.
Spain overtook the USA for second place as international tourism to the USA was down almost 4%. Continue reading
The Henley Passport Index measures how powerful these national identifications are based on how many countries citizens can access without a visa.
In its latest ranking, Japan takes the top spot with the country’s passport-holders being able to access 189 nations without a visa.
After five years sitting at the top, Germany is now tied in second place with Singapore for visa-free access to 188 countries.
- Japan (189 countries can be visited without a visa)
- Germany, Singapore (188)
- Finland, France, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Sweden (187)
- Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom, United States (186)
- Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Switzerland (185)
- Australia, Greece (183)
- Czech Republic, Malta, New Zealand (182)
- Iceland (181)
- Hungary, Malaysia, Slovenia (180)
- Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia (179)
The index is based on data collected through the International Air Transport Association.
As far as younger travellers go, according to data from the Abta, almost one in eight 18-24 year olds reported going on a holiday by themselves in 2017. In 2011, this question was asked to 15-24 year olds and the figure was just 4.5 per cent.
According to Hostelworld, the number of solo bookings made by Britons has increased 60 per cent over the past three years, the highest rise globally.
Singles holiday operator Just You says the age of their clientele ranges from 21 to 90, but averages out at the 55+ age group.
What does appear to be consistent, however, is that women are much more likely to travel alone than men, and that’s only rising.