Recent terrorist attacks and safety concerns have resulted in the stagnation of Europe’s tourist inflow. The Old Continent has registered a decrease of 0.9% in long haul travel during the summer season (June to August) compared to the same period last year. The upward trend of the previous five years (+6.2% on average) seems to come to an end.
Tourism in Greece is growing again providing tens of thousands of new jobs in the country. This was reported by the conservative Athenian newspaper Kathimerini, citing the tourism organization Sete.
The decline of the average revenue of Swiss tour operators continued throughout 2015. Last year, all agencies generated 3.19 million francs, i.e. 2% less year-over-year. In 2016, Swiss tourists are traveling more but are booking their stays at the last minute.
The Tunisian tourism industry has begun to recover. The fall in tourism revenues has slowed down, from a decrease of 54% in January 2016 to 12% currently, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
The Mexican Ministry of Tourism (SECTUR) announced launching a system of hotel rating in Mexico. The project has been delayed for more than seven years.
Russian tour operators registered a hundred percent loading rate of the first flights to Turkey after charters to the country had been renewed. In some cases, the demand was so high that it was necessary to extend the flight programme duration.
Two out of every ten foreign tourists who visited Spain during the months of July and August plan to buy a second home in the country, according to a study by Iberia Real Estate.
The outbound tourism in Poland reported a record-breaking summer season. A recent study by the Polish Association of Tour Operators revealed that trip sales increased by 12.5 percent.
In 2015, Romania welcomed 300,000 more foreign tourists (17.9 percent) than in the previous year. However, the tourism revenues decreased by USD 100 million.
The outlook of Rwanda’s tourism industry is quite positive. Industry experts predict that this year’s revenue of the central African country will increase by 25.8 percent compared to last year and reach USD 400 million. The government announced plans to invest in several tourism projects.