Jan222018

Global tourism up in 2017, but USA down

UNWTO, United Nations World Tourism Organization, held a news conference last week in Madrid to report global travel increased 7% in 2017 to 1.322 billion international arrivals. This was the strongest global tourism performance in 7 years.

Europe up 8% in 2017 to 671 million international arrivals.

  • Southern Europe and Mediterranean region up 13% and largest tourism growth.
  • Western Europe up 7%.
  • Northern Europe up 5%.
  • Central and Eastern Europe up 5%.

Africa up 8% in 2017 with 62 million international arrivals.

  • North Africa up 13%.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa up 5%.

Asia Pacific up 6% in 2017 with 324 million international arrivals.

  • South Asia up 10%.
  • Southeast Asia up 8%.
  • Oceania up 7%.
  • Northeast Asia up 3%.

Middle East up 5% in 2017 with 58 million international arrivals.

Americas up 3% in 2017 with 207 million international arrivals.

  • South America up 7%.
  • Central America up 4%.
  • Caribbean up 4%.
  • North American up 2%.
  • Canada and Mexico saw tourism growth in 2017.
  • USA international tourist arrivals dropped in 2017.

2018 is expected to see global tourism growth of 4% to 5%.

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USA 2018 Tourism?

The US Dollar dropped 15% to 25% in value against most European currencies over the past 12 months making USA a cheaper tourism destination for 2018 for Europeans.

  • 1.00 EUR = $1.07 (Jan 22, 2017)
  • 1.00 EUR = $1.23 (Jan 22, 2018)
  • EUR gained 15% on USD in past 12 months.

Will America become a great tourism destination again?

Loyalty Traveler – International visitors to USA decline in 2017 (Jan 17).

 

 

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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