The latest results of the IPK International World Travel Monitor were announced at ITB Berlin, showing outbound international travel rose 6.5% in 2017, with Europe the major growth driver both in and outbound.
Almost 1.2 billion international trips were made in 2017, and for the first time in several years destinations are perceived as “safer” than before from terrorist threats with 37% of travellers influenced by terror warnings, down from 41%.
Europe was the strongest source region for international travel up 7%, North and Latin America at 6% each and Asia 5%. Spain received most inbound visits, USA and Germany second and third, France and Italy fourth and fifth.
City trips increased by 18% while tour holidays decreased by 1% globally. 24% all international tourists felt the destination they visited was overcrowded, but only 9% were affected adversely.