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Close to one billion international tourists in the first nine months of 2016

Close to one billion international tourists in the first nine months of 2016 | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Destinations around the world welcomed 956 million international tourists between January and September 2016, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This is 34 million more than in the same period of 2015, a 4% increase. Demand for international tourism remained robust in the first nine months of 2016, though growing at a somewhat more moderate pace. After a strong start of the year, growth was slower in the second quarter of 2016 to pick up again in the third quarter of the year. While most destinations report encouraging results, others continue to struggle with the impact of negative events, either in their country or in their region. Find out more.

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UNWTO's Tourism Highlights - 2016 Edition

UNWTO's Tourism Highlights - 2016 Edition | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

The UNWTO has released its 2016 edition of Tourism Highlights, presenting a concise overview of international tourism in the world based on the results for the year 2015. Key areas covered include: key trends in international tourism, results by (sub)region and country of destination, world's top tourism destinations, outbound tourism by region and top spenders and tourism towards 2030. Highlights encompass:

 

  • Tourism flows were influenced by three major factors in 2015: the unusually strong exchange rate fluctuations, the decline in the price of oil and other commodities and increased global concern about safety and security.
  • China, the United States and the United Kingdom led outbound tourism in their respective regions in 2015, fuelled by strong currencies and economies.
  • France, the United States, Spain and China continued to top the rankings in both international arrivals and receipts.
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Overseas visitors continue to choose NSW as their Aussie destination

Overseas visitors continue to choose NSW as their Aussie destination | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Overseas visitors continue to choose NSW as their Aussie destination, with NSW continuing to attract more international visitors than any other State in Australia, with 3.6 million overseas visitors spending nearly AU$9 billion in NSW in the last year. The number of international visitors to regional NSW rose significantly with 712,800 visitors (up 8.9%) staying 13.8 million nights (a rise of 12.5%) and spending over $900 million (up 20%). Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres has welcomed the figures from TRA's International Visitor Survey showing NSW leading the nation, achieving phenomenal growth in international visitors. Find out more.

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The most visited international destinations in 2016

The most visited international destinations in 2016 | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

Now in its seventh year, MasterCard has released its 2016 Global Destination Cities Index. As a tracking study of international travel destinations, cross-border spend, and the internal patterns, the 2016 report has a mass of data that show appreciable trends and impactful stories. The MasterCard 2016 Global Destination Cities Index shows three distinct story lines for 2016:

 

  1. The growth trajectory of cities outside of the top 20 list.
  2. The deeper insights into the motivations and travel spend behaviour of visitors to those cities.
  3. Changes in regional dynamics, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Government officials, travel executives and other sectors of business will find that this year's report reflects the changing nature of regional markets and illustrates the unpredictable nature of the global consumer.
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Visa says we're about to see a huge jump in international travel

Visa says we're about to see a huge jump in international travel | The Insight Files | Scoop.it

More than 280 million households globally will make at least one international trip per year by 2025, which represents a 35% increase over 2015 figures. That's according to a new study published this week by Visa, in conjunction with Oxford Economics. Two factors are driving the exponential jump in international travel, including the rise of the middle class worldwide and advances in technology and heightened competition in the global tourism marketplace making international travel more affordable in more markets. As expected, China tops the list of the 10 countries spending the most on outbound travel, also showing the highest increase in total spend projected over the next ten years. Find out more.

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