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International tourism receipts increased by five percent in 2017 International tourism receipts increased by five percent in 2017

UNWTO Highlights Confirm Another Record Year in 2017

International tourist arrivals grew by seven percent in 2017, the highest increase since 2010, according to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest collection of Tourism Highlights.

UNWTO Tourism Highlights 2018 Edition shows that international tourist arrivals reached a total of 1,323 million in 2017, some 84 million more than the previous year and a new record. The sector has now seen uninterrupted growth in arrivals for eight straight years. 2017’s growth was the highest since 2010, led by the regions of Europe and Africa, which received increases in arrivals of eight percent and nine percent respectively.

Growth in arrivals was echoed by a strong increase in exports generated by tourism, which reached USD1.6 trillion in 2017, making tourism the world’s third-largest export sector.