The UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) recently released reports showing how strong the tourism sector was in 2019. To quote one of the publications directly:
1.5 billion international tourist arrivals in 2019 were remarkably impressive, given the overall economic and political climate. If you recall, last year was the year of Brexit uncertainty, Thomas Cook collapsed, and the Australian wildfires. There were significant legislative and political environment changes as well that all could have had cascading effects on the tourism industry as a whole.
Despite that, according to the UNWTO, all regions saw a growth in tourism. The area that enjoyed the highest increase was the Middle East. The Americas also saw a rise of approximately 2%. Even though the world was more uncertain in 2019 than ever, people still elected to take the time to travel the world.
For those in the hospitality industry, this should be an encouraging sign. This most recent report shows that people are willing to prioritize travel even when the world seems a little uncertain. People are looking for fun trips and a fantastic getaway all across the globe.