IPK’s World Travel Monitor shows the number of outbound journeys grew by 5.5% last year, resulting in 1.4 billion international trips, while in comparison, the global economy grew by 3.7%.

Major growth has come from mature markets in Europe and North America, while the strongest gains came from emerging Asian (7% growth) and Latin American (6%) markets.

Slightly lower growth is expected for international travel this year due to a slowing world economy and fears of overtourism, fears of which are up 30% among travellers.

Trips to Spain stagnated in 2018, while Turkey is recovering as a tourist destination, welcoming 8.5 million more visitors in 2018 than in 2017.

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