The world’s top tourism spenders in 2017 were; China (USD258 billion), the US (USD135 billion), Germany (USD84 billion), the UK (USD63 billion) and France (USD41 billion).
Both emerging and advanced economies fuelled growth, led by the US which spent USD12 billion more on travel abroad than in 2016, while China spent USD8 billion more.
Russia spent USD7 billion more in 2017 than in 2016 reaching USD31 billion and Brazil spent USD5 billion more to reach USD19 billion, both rebounding from weaker spending in previous years.
India presented a nine percent spending growth to reach USD18 billion, moving up four places to 17th on the source market list.
Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general, UNWTO, imparted, “Emerging economies play a key role in tourism development and we are very pleased to see the rebound of Russia and Brazil, and the ongoing rise of India, as these key emerging outbound markets contribute to growth and market diversification in many destinations.”