In 2015, 18 million foreign visitors stepped onto Canadian soil, the largest tourist destination in the last nine years, according to a report released by Statistique Canada. Far from a record, this is a return to normal for Canadian tourism. The tourism industry has already done better. According to Mégatendances canadiennes (Canadian Megatrends): the evolution of Canadian Tourism, from 1946 to 2015, reveals that Canada attracted some 20 million international tourists in 2002, its best performance since 1946.
Mexican tourism representatives are concerned about the country’s situation because 70 per cent of international tourists entering Mexico come via the Riviera Maya, Cancun and Monterrey where there is a large influx of foreigners. Cancun, however, has witnessed several cases of violence and Cancun tourism experts warn that it will impact the amount of visitors.
Tunisian tourism board announced positive results of the sector for 2016, describing the year as a return to normality for the industry. At the Spanish trade fair FITUR, the officials emphasized the arrivals of 5.7 million foreign visitors, after a few years marked by political instability and security concerns. Tunisian tourism stakeholders, however, see the situation as critical.
Tyrolean tourism provides about 80,000 jobs and accounts for almost a quarter of GDP reaching 6.4 billion euros. With around 340,000 beds, about 46 million overnight stays a year, and more than 53,000 directly employed persons, tourism is an exceptionally important economic activity for Tyrol, according to a study commissioned by the Province of Tyrol in cooperation with the German Association for Applied Economic Research.
At risk in 2016, French tourism ended the year with a slight improvement in hotel occupancy. The positive trend is expected to continue throughout 2017, provided that the most affluent foreign tourists come back to the country.
Last year was very successful for tourism in Germany. The 2016 figures are expected to increase for the seventh time in a row. Domestic and foreign tourism reported 450 million overnight stays, making it another successful year.
Honduran tourism sector, better known as the "chimneyfree industry," is expected to jump from 4 to 15% growth this year.
In April 2015, Nepal was hit by an earthquake. This natural disaster killed nearly 9,000 people, and injured 22,000. Since then the country has experienced a dramatic turnaround. In 2016, foreign tourist inflow increased by 39.71 % to 753,002. According to the Department of Immigration, the rapid jump is mainly the result of an increased number of visitors coming from neighboring countries, India and China, but also from the US, the UK, and Sri Lanka.
The Chinese New Year celebrations are approaching and this years’ joyful time is set to become a record breaking festival. Major jumps in both domestic and outbound travel are expected during the week-long holidays starting on January 27th.
The Galapagos Islands is a beautiful archipelago in the Pacific Ocean under the administration of Ecuador. It is a real treasure trove of wildlife and natural beauty and as such the Galapagos tourism is booming. However, the question is, do these visitors benefit to the biodiversity of the volcanic archipelago?