China forecast to overtake France as top destination
LONDON — A leading travel research firm is predicting there will be 1.4 billion trips made in 2018, up five per cent from last year.
Euromonitor International said that stronger than anticipated growth in many major economies will mean that receipts in the tourism industry will rise by an even stronger 11 per cent.
Much of the continued boom in travel is centred in the Asia Pacific region, where trips are expected to grow by 10 per cent this year. Countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey, which have seen sharp falls in tourist numbers over the past few years largely linked to security concerns, are also recovering.
Euromonitor is also predicting 2.4 billion international trips by 2030, by which time China will have overtaken France to be the world’s No. 1 destination.