Central America and the Caribbean saw tourism industry numbers decline 2 percent in 2018, and Northern Europe was flat due to the weakness of arrivals to the United Kingdom according to Skift corporate travel innovation report
The UK’s fall in visitors probably owes more to the stellar 2017 than anything else. That year was an outlier both in terms of arrivals and spending, likely as a result of the weaker pound following the 2016 referendum.
The UK might have seen a fall in tourists in 2018, but that has a lot to do with the extraordinary growth the year before. The longer-term trend is for steady growth as long as Brexit doesn’t get in the way.
The UK was one of the few poor-performing destinations the United Nations World Tourism Organization chose to single out in what was another bumper year for international tourism.
Global international arrivals hit 1.4 billion in 2018, two years ahead of forecasts – although the UNWTO’s definition of tourism is incredibly broad, and includes those people visiting friends and relatives as well as educational travel.
The Middle East and Africa were the star performers in the organization’s report, up 10 percent and 7 percent respectively. Asia-Pacific and Europe both rose 6 percent.