International tourism is still strong

Kamis, 06 Desember 2012 | 08:55

International tourism is strong despite instability of global economy. While, Indonesia, among the emerging economy countries reach a double digit growth of 10%, said Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General.The resilience of international tourism in a continuing uncertain economy is further confirmed by the positive data on tourism earnings and expenditure.

"List countries that has a double-digit growth in expenditure are Poland (+22%), Malaysia (+18%), Argentina (+16%), Philippines (+14%), India (+11%) and Indonesia (+10%)," he said on Tuesday (11/6/2012).

Among the top 10 international markets by expenditure on travel abroad, growth was significant during the first six to nine months of 2012 in China (+30%), Russia (+15%), USA (+9%), Canada (+6%), Germany (+5%), and Australia (+4%) as well as in Japan, where a 7% increase confirms the recovery of this important market.


Following a decline in recent years, the UK recorded a modest 2% growth in tourism expenditure, while both Italy and France showed declines in the level of expenditure on travel abroad.

The number of international tourists worldwide grew by 4% between January and August 2012 with a record 705 million tourists. UNWTO remains confident that one billion international tourists will have travelled the world by the end of the year.

A number of other major destinations reported double-digit growth in receipts, such as Japan (+48%), Sweden (+26%), South Africa (+26%), Republic of Korea (+26%), India (+23%), Poland (+19%), Thailand (+17%), Russian Federation (+16%), Egypt (+13%), Czech Republic (+13%), Taiwan (pr. of China) (+11), Singapore (+10%) and Croatia (+10%).

"UNWTO expects growth of 3% to 4% for the year as a whole, while forecasting a slight slowdown in demand for 2013 (+2% to 4%)," said Taleb Rifai. (hss/tw)

by Hilda Sabri Sulistiyo