International Tourist Arrivals Hit Record High In 2017: UN Report

International tourist arrivals hit record high in 2017 with India leading the growth in South Asian region. According to data from the UN’s tourism organisation, a total of 1,323 million international tourist arrivals recorded in destinations around the world. The figure represents an 84 million increase over 2016, and a new record. 
The sector also recorded an uninterrupted growth in arrivals for eight consecutive years. According to the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), positive results in South Asia were largely driven by the strong performance of India, the subregion’s largest destination, which benefited from increasing demand from western source markets and simpler visa procedures. 
In India, international tourists arrivals grew from 14.57 million in 2016 to 15.54 million in 2017. International tourism receipts for India grew from 22.42 billion dollars in 2016 to 27.36 billion dollars last year.
Source- AIR World Service

Static/Current Takeaways Important for Indian Bank PO Exam 2018- 
  • Zurab Pololikashvili is Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). 
  • UNWTO’s membership includes 158 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 500 Affiliate Members. 
  • UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid, Spain.