According to the UNWTO, virtually all source
markets reported higher tourism spending in 2017, reflecting
continued strong demand for international tourism across all world
Both emerging and advanced economies fuelled growth, led
by the United States which spent US$ 12 billion more on travel
abroad. China spent US$ 8 billion more, consolidating its
leadership as the biggest spender in the world. The Russian
Federation spent US$ 7 billion more and Brazil US$ 5 billion more,
both rebounding from weaker spending in previous years.
tourism expenditure reflects enhanced connectivity, increased visa
facilitation and a global economic upswing.
All top 25 source markets reported higher
spending on international tourism in 2017, as highlighted in the
latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. China consolidated its
leadership as the biggest spender in travel abroad in 2017 with
US$ 258 billion in expenditure (+5% in local currency).
The other three BRIC economies all substantially
increased expenditure in 2017. The Russian Federation (+13%)
rebounded after a few years of declines, to reach US$ 31 billion,
climbing three places to re-enter the top ten at number 8.
(+20%) also recovered strongly and moved up eight places to number
16 with US$ 19 billion in expenditure, while India continued its rise
with 9% growth in spending to US$ 18 billion and moved up four
places in the ranking to 17th.
“Emerging economies play a key role in tourism
development and we are very pleased to see the rebound of the
Russian Federation and Brazil, and the ongoing rise of India, as
these key emerging outbound markets contribute to growth and
market diversification in many destinations,” said UNWTO
Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili.
Advanced economies also performed robustly in
2017, led by the United States (+9%), the world’s second largest
outbound market. US travellers spent US$ 12 billion more on
international tourism to US$ 135 billion. Expenditure from Germany
(3rd largest market) and the United Kingdom (4th) both increased
3%, and from France (5th) 1%.
Australia (6th) reported 7% growth and Canada
(7th) a 9% increase. Completing the top ten are the Republic of
Korea (9th) where expenditure grew by 9% and Italy (10th) where it
increased by 6%.
Beyond the top ten, tourism spending also grew
notably in Sweden (+14%) and Spain (+12%).
These strong results in outbound tourism are
consistent with the 7% increase in international tourist arrivals
in 2017. Demand for travel was particularly high in Europe, where
arrivals increased 8% last year.
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