The Strategist

UN expects international tourism to recover by almost 90 per cent in 2023

12/04/2023 - 02:05

According to data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 975 million tourist trips were made worldwide between January and September, up 38% from the same period the previous year. By the end of 2023, international tourism will have recovered to nearly 90% of pre-pandemic 2019 levels.

Global tourism numbers increased by 22% in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022. Arrivals of foreign visitors accounted for 91% of the total during 2019. The percentage was 92% in the second quarter, and from January to September of 2023, foreign travel returned to 87% of 2019 levels overall.

According to these numbers, foreign visitor arrivals are expected to reach around 90% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year. Meanwhile, a number of nations have already seen a return in visitor arrivals and have surpassed 2019 levels, the research notes.

In terms of recovery rates, the UNWTO reports that Europe, Africa, and the Middle East lead the way.

The amount spent on trips abroad is likewise rising worldwide. According to UNWTO projections, they will complete the year at $1.4 trillion, which represents 93% of the $1.5 trillion pre-pandemic level in 2019.