First 10 months this year see robust results in world tourism: UNWTO

Updated 2017-12-15 10:04:12 Xinhua

The first 10 months of 2017 saw 1.12 billion people make international trips which involved an overnight stay, representing a 7 percent increase from the same period in 2016, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) confirmed on Thursday.

That 7 percent rise translates into 70 million new international arrivals, with results driven by "sustained growth in many destinations and a firm recovery in those which experienced declines last year."

The UNWTO highlights the performances in southern and Mediterranean Europe and the Middle East, which the organization describes as showing "extraordinary strength," with growth exceeding 7 percent across the region.

Africa as a whole enjoyed 8 percent growth, where there was 10 percent growth in south Asia and 8 percent in southeast Asia.

"These robust results, the best we have seen in many years, reflect the sustained demand for travel around the world, in line with the improved global economy and the rebound of destinations that suffered declines in previous years," said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, in a press communique.

Rifai stressed the benefits of sustainable tourism for development, saying tourism, "brings benefits to local communities and visitors through the promotion of peace and mutual understanding" and "respect for cultural heritage and values."

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58July 22 2018 17:09:54

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16July 22 2018 17:09:54

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18July 22 2018 17:09:54

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

News:
China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
Video:
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
Photos:
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Travel:
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Lifestyle:
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords