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
An Egyptian court has sentenced Mona el-Mazbouh, a Lebanese woman, to eight years in prison over insulting Egyptians in a video she posted online.
She was charged with “deliberately broadcasting false rumours which aim to undermine society and attack religions.”
The sentence comes after she posted a 10-minute video in which she used profanities to describe her holiday in Cairo where she says she was sexually harassed.
She calls Egyptians the “dirtiest people” and Egypt “the country of pimps … of beggars.”
El-Mazbouh later posted an apology video, saying “I definitely didn’t mean to offend all Egyptians.”
The video was made and posted while she was traveling in Egypt and she was arrested in May prior to leaving Cairo.
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The Gallop organization, a research firm based in the USA, asked citizens of 142 countries about their confidence in local policing, feelings of safety while walking alone and personal experiences of crime.
Gallup interviewed more than 148,000 people for the 2018 report. Gallup’s rankings are based on residents’ own sense of security.
2. (tied) Finland, Iceland, and Norway
5. (tied) Hong Kong and Uzbekistan
7. (tied) Canada and Switzerland
10. (tied) Denmark, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Austria, China, Netherlands, Egypt
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