Preliminary UNWTO figures show that 2017 marked the strongest year for international visitor arrivals into Europe in seven years, while in contrast the number of international visitors to the US is expected to drop compared to 2016.

Other regions with notable increases in international tourists include South Asia (up 10%) and Southeast Asia (8%), Southern and Mediterranean Europe (up 13% to more than 258 million visitors) and North Africa (also up 13%,= to nearly 21 million).

Western Europe, including Spain and France, grew by around 7% following a flat 2016.

The UNWTO projects that international tourism arrivals will grow by 4-5% in 2018 and that the momentum from last year will continue.

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