THE European tourism sector has shaken off concerns over terrorism to record a buoyant northern summer season, with more than half its countries posting double-digit growth.
A report by the European Travel Commission says international tourist arrivals to Europe grew 8% in the first eight months of this year compared to the same period of 2016, and that all but two of 34 surveyed countries experienced growth.
“European tourism demand is set on an upward trajectory, said the commission’s executive director Eduardo Santander.
“This momentum is expected to mark the eighth consecutive year of growth despite safety and geopolitical challenges.”
Destination of the moment Iceland achieved growth of 30% this year, while Turkey showed an impressive recovery from past turmoil, growing 26%.