Growth of 3% in tourist arrivals to the Americas in 2018

The Americas recorded 3% growth in 2018, reaching 217 million international tourist arrivals, a 15% share of world arrivals, according to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.

In North America (+4%), growth picked up in the United States of America (+7% through May) from almost flat results in 2017. Arrivals in Mexico continued to grow strongly whereas Canada saw more moderate results due to mixed performance among long- haul source markets and weaker growth from the US market. In South America (+3%), Ecuador and Colombia both reported a strong surge in arrivals thanks to strong outbound demand from neighbouring source markets, following already robust results in 2017. Results in Central America (-2%) were rather slow despite positive results in Belize, E l Salvador, and Guatemala. The Caribbean (-2%) continued to show mixed results during 2018 as some island destinations were still struggling with the effects of the strong hurricanes of August and September 2017, particularly Puerto Rico. On the other hand, the Dominican Republic, the subregion’s most visited destination, and Jamaica continued to show strong growth in particular from their main source markets in the Americas and Europe.