ECONOMY, HOTELS & TOURISM | Staff Reporter, Singapore

APAC leads global tourism growth by 8% in 1Q 2018

SEA and South Asia tourist arrivals rose 10% and 9%, respectively.

Tourism in the Asia Pacific topped the global growth as it rose 8% in the first quarter of 2018. Global international tourist arrivals grew 6%, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) reported.

Southeast Asia (10%) and South Asia (9%) pushed APAC in its top spot as tourism hub in the first quarter of the year.

“International tourism continues to show significant growth worldwide, and this translates into job creation in many economies,” UNWTO secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili said.

Europe (7%), Africa (6%), the Middle East, and the Americas (3%) followed APAC’s lead respectively. International tourist arrivals exceeded UNWTO’s initial 2018 growth forecast of 4-5%. 

“This growth reminds us of the need to increase our capacity to develop and manage tourism in a sustainable way, building smart destinations and making the most of technology and innovation,” Pololikashvili commented.

According to the agency, the first quarter period contributes 28% of the yearly total arrivals. January to April events include winter sports season in the northern hemisphere, the summer season in the southern hemisphere, the Chinese New Year and the Easter holiday, amongst others.

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