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Confidence in global tourism remains strong according to the latest UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts survey Confidence in global tourism remains strong according to the latest UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts survey

UNWTO: International Tourism Exceeds Expectations

International tourist arrivals grew by six percent in the first four months of this year, compared to the same period in 2017, not only continuing the strong 2017 trend, but exceeding UNWTO’s forecast for this year.

Growth was led by Asia and the Pacific, up by eight percent, and Europe, up by seven percent. Africa increased by six percent, the Middle East by four percent and the US by three percent, also recording sound results. Earlier this year, UNWTO’s forecast for the year was between four to five percent.

“This growth reminds us of the need to increase our capacity to develop and manage tourism in a sustainable way, building smart destinations and making the most of technology and innovation,” said Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general, UNWTO.