THE world enjoyed significant tourism growth last year, even as the United States’ share of international visitors fell, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
International tourist arrivals grew 7 percent in 2017 to a total of 1.32 billion, according to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The momentum is expected to continue this year at a rate of about 4 to 5 percent, which the UNWTO considers “a more sustainable pace”.
The 7 percent increase in international tourist arrivals, defined as overnight visitors, “is well above the sustained and consistent trend of 4 percent or higher growth since 2010 and represents the strongest results in seven years”, the UNWTO reported.
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