ETC: European tourism sector ‘resilient’ in 2018, 3% growth forecast in 2019

    European Travel Commission (ETC) reported (19-Feb-2019) the European tourism sector proved “resilient” in 2018, though uncertainties over Brexit remain in 2019. ETC report highlights include:

    • 6% year-on-year increase in international visitors in 2018, with travel to Turkey (+22%) “continuing its strong recovery”;
    • 32 of 33 reporting destinations reported growth in 2018 to date, with particularly strong increases from US and China markets;
    • 24 of 30 destination countries reported an increase in the number of visitors from China, due to improved air connectivity, visa procedures and growing Chinese middle class;