1.8 billion international tourists by 2030

Average of 43 million extra international tourists to join marketplace each year

International tourist arrivals are forecast to reach 1.8 billion by 2030, according to a newly-released long-term forecast. The UNWTO report “Tourism Towards 2030” confirms that international tourism will continue to grow in a sustained manner over the next two decades – although at a more moderate pace than recent decades. The number of arrivals worldwide will increase by an average of 3.3% a year, the report says. As a result, an average of 43 million additional international tourists will join the tourism marketplace every year. At the projected pace of growth, arrivals will pass the one-billion mark by 2012, up from 940 million in 2010.
In absolute terms, the emerging economies of Asia, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean Europe, the Middle East and Africa will gain an average 30 million arrivals a year, compared to 14 million in the traditional destinations of the advanced economies of North America, Europe and Asia, and the Pacific.
[pictured: Statue dedicated to the traveller in Oviedo, Spain]