Americas Facts and Figures

UNWTO: Americas lag slightly in powerhouse year for growth

According to the world travel organisation, UNWTO, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) worldwide increased 6% in 2018 to 1.4 billion, a figure reached two years ahead of UNWTO’s long term forecast issued in 2010.

2018 consolidates the very strong results of 2017 (+7%) and is the second strongest year since 2010. The Americas saw solid growth of 3%, equalling its expansion in 2017 and equating to 217 million international tourist arrivals – a 10 million increase year-on-year and a 15% share of world arrivals. Meanwhile, the Middle East (+10%) and Africa (+7%) led the broader uptick, while arrivals to Asia and the Paci c and Europe (+6%) increased in line with the world average.


In North America (+4%), growth picked up in the US (+7% through May) from almost at results in 2017. However, data is still pending for the remaining seven months of the year. Arrivals in Mexico continued to grow strongly whereas Canada saw more moderate results due to mixed performance among long-haul source markets and weaker growth from the US market.


With 3% growth in the region, countries like Ecuador and Colombia both reported a significant surge in arrivals thanks to strong outbound demand from neighbouring source markets. Peru recorded remarkable double-digit growth (though only up to April 2018), thanks to an increase in arrivals from neighbouring markets as well as from Asia. Argentina, the most-visited destination in South America, recorded a 3% growth through November; however, experts expect a pick-up in the coming months, as the strong devaluation of the Argentinian peso makes the destination more affordable for international visitors.


Central America (-2%) recorded an unseasonal decline despite positive results in Belize, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Costa Rica, the leading destination in Central America in terms of international arrivals, grew more modestly despite a strong increase from overseas tourists whereas arrivals from source markets in the Americas were lower. Panama, the second most visited destination in Central America, posted negative results, as well as Nicaragua.
The Caribbean (-2%) continued to show mixed results during 2018 as some island destinations are still struggling with the effects of the strong hurricanes of August and September 2017, particularly Puerto Rico.
Nonetheless, the Dominican Republic – the sub-region’s most visited destination – and Jamaica maintained a strong rise in visitor numbers, in particular from their main source markets in the Americas and Europe.


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