Good results for Europe tourism


European tourism had an excellent 2017, with 671 million international tourist arrivals recorded, representing growth of eight per cent compared with 2016. This is according to the European Tourism 2017 Trends & Prospects report from the European Travel Commission (ETC), which found that regional expansion was driven by two main factors – economic growth in major markets, and the continuing recovery of markets that had previously seen a slowdown due to concerns surrounding security. Nearly every monitored destination saw at least some increase in tourist arrivals, with over half seeing growth of 10 per cent or over.

“The upturn in the global economy paves the way to reorient European and national policy to support the drivers of tourism growth, promote long-term sustainable development and be a more effective catalyst for job creation in Europe,” commented ETC Executive Director Eduardo Santander.