UNWTO World Tourism Barometer
The UNWTO World Tourism Barometer monitors short-term tourism trends on a regular basis to provide global tourism stakeholders with up-to-date analysis on international tourism.
The report is published four times a year and includes an analysis of the latest data on tourism destinations (inbound tourism) and source markets (outbound tourism). The Barometer also includes a Confidence Index based on the UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts survey, which provides an evaluation of recent performance and short-term prospects on international tourism.
UNWTO Member States, Associate Members and Affiliate Members receive the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer as a part of member's service.
International tourism to end 2023 close to 90% of pre-pandemic levels
International arrivals are expected to reach 1.3 billion overall in 2023, up 33% over 2022 and almost 90% of pre-pandemic levels. International tourism receipts could reach USD 1.4 trillion in 2023, about 93% of the USD 1.5 trillion earned by destinations in 2019.
- International tourism recovered 87% of prepandemic levels in the period January-July 2023 (-16% versus 2019) backed by continued pent-up demand in the third quarter of 2023.
- An estimated 975 million tourists travelled internationally between January and September 2023, an increase of 38% over the same months of 2022, though 13% fewer than in 2019.
- International tourism receipts could reach USD 1.4 trillion in 2023, about 93% of the USD 1.5 trillion earned by destinations in 2019.
- These results reflect the strong recovery of demand in 2023.
- By regions, the Middle East continued to lead the recovery by regions in relative terms, with arrivals 20% above pre-pandemic levels in the first nine months of 2023. Europe, the world's largest destination region, reached 94% of pre-pandemic levels, supported by robust intra-regional demand.
- Africa recovered 92% of pre-crisis visitors this ninemonth period and the Americas 88%. In Asia and the Pacific arrivals climbed to 62% of pre-pandemic levels.
- By subregions, North Africa (+5%), Central America (+4%) and Southern Mediterranean Europe (+1%) continued to exceed pre-pandemic levels in January-September 2023.
- International arrivals are expected to reach 1.3 billion overall in 2023, up 33% over 2022 and almost 90% of pre-pandemic levels, in line with UNWTO scenarios published in January.
- Against this backdrop, international tourism is well on track to fully recover pre-pandemic levels in 2024 despite economic challenges and uncertainty derived from certain geopolitical tensions and conflicts.