International air traveller trends 2Q2017 overview

The latest global overview of air travel has shown that passengers, from Europe, the Americas and the Far East, are making more bookings and taking more flights, despite recent terrorist attacks and on-going geo-political wrangles.

The findings were presented at the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Global Summit, the highest-level annual gathering of travel industry leaders, this year taking place in Bangkok, April 26 – 27.

The headline FowardKeys findings are:

  • Canada is the new star destination in North America
  • Europe is recovering from last year’s terrorist attacks – arrivals growth is back on track
  • Political events can have a major impact on the tourism industry: the Chinese turn their backs on South Korea, and explore ASEAN countries instead
  • The BRIC countries are back: Brazil and Russia lead the growth. Thailand benefits.