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Infographic Developing countries to surpass European countries in tourism - UNWTO

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play Europe accounted for half of all international tourist arrivals in 2014, but the gap is smaller between Asia-Pacific (the region with the second highest number of arrivals) and Europe when it comes to tourist spending. About 30% of international tourist spending was in Asia-Pacific last year compared to 41% coming from Europe.

A few years past, advanced economies, mostly Europeans, were the most-favored tourist destination by far. However, in recent time, emerging economies seem to be playing a dominant role in the game or global tourism.

According to a projection by the United Nations World Tourism Org.(UNWTO), these emerging economies will soon be the choice for most international tourist as compared to their European counterpart.

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The reports project this timeline to 2020 as developing countries are already holding about 40% of total tourist arrival and almost 50% of all tourist spend is in these countries.

International tourism growth was relatively stagnate year-over-year in places like France while Mexico’s growth experienced acceleration.

  1. Europe accounted for half of all international tourist arrivals in 2014, but the gap is smaller between Asia-Pacific (the region with the second highest number of arrivals) and Europe when it comes to tourist spending. About 30% of international tourist spending was in Asia-Pacific last year compared to 41% coming from Europe.
  2. Chinese outbound tourists spent about $60 billion more last year than U.S. outbound tourists did and China’s outbound spending has made a steeper ascent during the past five years than the U.S. or any other country.
  3. But when it comes to inbound tourist spending, the U.S. flattens the competition. Inbound U.S. arrivals spent $180 billion in the country last year, far above Spain, the country with the second highest inbound spending, at about $70 billion.
    play But when it comes to inbound tourist spending, the U.S. flattens the competition. Inbound U.S. arrivals spent $180 billion in the country last year, far above Spain, the country with the second highest inbound spending, at about $70 billion.
  4. France has always claimed the most international arrivals but it didn’t see much growth year-over-year for 2014 in the number of arrivals and neither did China. Countries like the U.S., Spain, Turkey and Mexico saw larger increases in the total number of international visitors.
    play France has always claimed the most international arrivals but it didn’t see much growth year-over-year for 2014 in the number of arrivals and neither did China. Countries like the U.S., Spain, Turkey and Mexico saw larger increases in the total number of international visitors.
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