European Tourism Forges Ahead

International arrivals in Europe (+6%) continued to show robust growth in 2018, after an already remarkable 9% growth in 2017. Arrivals surpassed the 700 million mark, accounting for more than half of worldwide arrivals (51%).

Southern and Mediterranean Europe (+7%) led results, with most destinations enjoying double-digit growth. Turkey continued its strong ongoing recovery, backed by a favourable exchange rate whereas Greece pro ted from improved air connectivity during off- season months and an increase in arrivals from the Chinese, Arab and American markets. Tourism in Italy picked up during the summer months after more moderate growth in the first months of the year, also profiting from increased demand from the United States of America.

Among the subregion’s more mature destinations, Portugal and Spain, reported at growth in arrivals in 2018, though following outstanding results in 2017 and amid a recovery in competing destinations in the Mediterranean. Receipts data, however, shows higher growth, indicating that both destinations have been growing more in terms of value than just in volume.

Malta and Cyprus recorded robust results, while Israel and virtually all Western Balkan countries recorded double- digit growth in arrivals.

Arrivals in Central and Eastern Europe grew 6%, in line with the region’s average, led by Hungary, Georgia and Kazakhstan. Hungary continues to benefit from improved air connectivity while Georgia has been registering growth from European Union source markets, as well as from emerging markets in Asia and the Middle East. The subregion’s largest destination, the Russian Federation, shows restrained growth in arrivals in the first nine months of 2018 but a staggering 40% increase in receipts in the same period, which includes the period of the FIFA World Cup that took place from 14 June to 15 July.

In Western Europe, international arrivals increased 6% in 2018, led by Belgium and France which have consolidated their rebound. Favourable weather conditions throughout the summer season encouraged travel within the region, benefitting destinations such as the Netherlands, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Northern Europe (0%) recorded flat growth with mixed performance among destinations. While robust growth in arrivals was recorded in Denmark, Iceland, Ireland and Sweden, the United Kingdom, the largest destination in the subregion, posted a 5% decline in the first nine months of 2018.

EUROPE MAIN TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

Albania………………………..Hall 3.2 / 113a
Austria ………………………….. Hall 17 / 103
Belgium ………………………Hall 10.2 / 103
Bosnia & Herzegovina … Hall 1.2 / 233
Bulgaria………………………Hall 15.1 / 101
Croatia………………………….Hall 1.2 / 214
Cyprus…………………… Hall 1.1 / 110,110a
Czech Republic …………Hall 7.2b / 102a
Denmark ……………………..Hall 18 / 132a
Estonia…………………………..Hall 18 / 127
Finland…………………………Hall 18 / 132b
France …………………… Hall 1.1 / 201, 201a
Germany…………………….. Halls 6.2, 7.2c, 8.2, 11.2, 12
Greece …………………….Hall 1.1/ 101,101a
Guernsey……………………….Hall 18 / 124
Hungary………………………..Hall 1.1 / 204
Iceland…………………………Hall 18 / 132c
Ireland ………………..Hall 18 / 122, Hall 4.1 / 104
Italy ……………………. Hall 1.2 /108,108a-c, 117,119, Hall 4.1 / 106
Jersey ……………………………..Hall 18/ 124
Kosovo………………………….Hall 1.2 / 211
Latvia …………………………….Hall 18 / 130
Liechtenstein…………………Hall 17 / 102
Lithuania ……………………….Hall 18 / 131
Luxembourg ……….Hall 10.2 / 101,101a
Macedonia ……………………Hall 1.2 / 201
Malta……………………………Hall 1.2 / 220, Hall 16 / 100, Hall 21.b / 216a
Moldova………………………..Hall 3.1 / 625
Montenegro………………….Hall 1.2 / 219
Netherlands………………..Hall 10.2 / 102
Norway ………………………..Hall 18 / 132d
Poland…………………………Hall 15.1 / 100
Portugal……………… Hall 1.1 / 202,202a-d
Romania ……………………..Hall 7.2b / 101
Russian Federation………Hall 3.1 / 610
San Marino ………… Hall 1.2 / 108,108a-c
Serbia……………………………Hall 1.1 / 203
Slovakia………………………Hall 7.2b / 103
Slovenia…………………………Hall 17 / 109
Spain …………………….Hall 2.1 / 101,101a
Sweden………………………..Hall 18 / 132e
Switzerland……………….Hall 17 / 101a-c
Turkey…………………………..Hall 3.2 / 201
Ukraine…………………………Hall 3.1 / 613
United Kingdom…………….Hall 18 / 125