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.
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International Tourism – 2023 starts on a strong note with the Middle East recovering 2019 levels in the first quarter
International tourist arrivals reached 80% of pre-pandemic levels in the first quarter of 2023. An estimated 235 million tourists travelled internationally in the first three months, more than double those in the same period of 2022.
- International tourist arrivals reached 80% of pre-pandemic levels in the first quarter of 2023 (-20% compared to the same quarter of 2019) boosted by strong results in Europe and the Middle East, compared to a 66% recovery level for the year 2022 overall.
- International tourism grew 86% in Q1 2023 compared to the same period last year, showing continued strength at the start of the year.
- An estimated 235 million tourists travelled internationally in the first three months, more than double those in the same period of 2022.
- The Middle East saw the strongest performance (+15%) and is the first world region to recover pre-pandemic numbers in a full quarter. Europe reached 90% of pre-pandemic levels in Q1 2023, supported by robust intra-regional demand.
- Africa reached 88% and the Americas about 85% of 2019 levels, while Asia and the Pacific accelerated its recovery with 54% of pre-pandemic levels
- By subregion, Southern Mediterranean Europe (+1%) and North Africa (+4%) both recovered 2019 numbers.
- International tourism receipts recovered the USD 1 trillion mark in 2022, growing 50% in real terms compared to 2021, and reaching 64% of prepandemic levels.
- Strong results are expected in the coming Northern Hemisphere summer season backed by robust pent-up demand, the sustained recovery of air connectivity, and the recent reopening of China and other major Asian markets and destinations.
- The UNWTO Panel of Experts survey indicates that almost 70% of experts expect better performance in May-August 2023. Yet, most continue to believe international tourism will not return to 2019 levels until 2024 or later.
- In response to the challenging economic environment, tourists are expected to increasingly seek value for money and travel closer to home this year.
International Tourist Arrivals, World and Regions
Panel Evaluation and Prospects
What are the main factors weighing on the recovery of international tourism?
When do you expect international tourism to return to pre-pandemic 2019 levels in your country?
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