More than 900 million tourists traveled internationally in 2022, more than double the number recorded in 2021, but 63% of pre-pandemic levels, according to new UNWTO data.
The number of international tourists has increased significantly in all regions of the world. The The Middle East had the strongest relative growth Because the number of arrivals reached 83% of the pre-pandemic level. With the Expo 2020 in Dubai, the FIFA World Cup in Qatar and the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, the number of visitors to the region increased by 144.4% in 2022.
Europe has reached almost 80% of pre-pandemic levels In 2022, 585 million people came.
Africa and America Both cured about 65% of pre-epidemic guests, whereas Asia and the Pacific It only reached 23% due to tighter pandemic-related restrictions, which have only begun to be eradicated in recent months.
The UN World Tourism Organization’s first Global Tourism Barometer 2023 performance is analyzed by region and see The best players of 2022The 2019 level includes several areas that have already been revived.
Chinese tourists are about to return
The recovery of the sector is expected to last until 2023 according to the UN WTO economic, health and geopolitical challenges. Recently China has lifted travel restrictions related to COVID-19The world’s largest outbound market in 2019 is an important step in revitalizing the tourism industry in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. In the short term, the resumption of travel from China is likely to benefit Asian countries in particular. However, this is subject to availability and cost of air travel to destinations, visa regulations and restrictions related to COVID-19. As of mid-January, a total of 32 countries have imposed restrictions on travel from China, mostly to Asian and European countries.
At the same time, Strong US demand, backed by a strong US dollar, will benefit the region and beyond. Strong tourism flows from the United States will continue in Europe due to the weakening of the euro against the dollar.
Significant growth in international tourism receipts was recorded in most destinations, and in several cases higher than their growth in arrivals. This was supported by an increase in average spending per trip due to longer stays, travelers’ willingness to spend more at their destinations, and inflation-driven increases in travel costs. However, economic situation can be translated to tourists are more cautious 2023 will see lower costs, shorter trips and closer to home.
Furthermore, uncertainty stemming from Russian aggression against Ukraine and other geopolitical tensions, as well as health challenges related to COVID-19, also represent downside risks and could negatively impact tourism recovery in the coming months.
Latest UNWTO Trust Index shows Cautious optimism in January-April, It is higher than the same period in 2022. This optimism is confirmed by the opening up of Asia and the high spending of both traditional and emerging tourism source markets in 2022, posted by France, Germany and Italy, as well as countries such as Qatar, India and Saudi Arabia. strong results.
Number of international tourists based on the UNWTO outlook to 2023 80-95% of pre-pandemic levels This year will depend on other factors, such as the extent of the economic slowdown, the recovery of tourism in Asia and the Pacific, and the evolution of Russia’s offensive in Ukraine.