Mauritius, Morocco, Tanzania: Top Performers in UNWTO’s 2023 Tourism Receipts

Mauritius, Morocco, and Tanzania lead in UNWTO’s 2023 tourism receipts.

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The latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer (Nov 2023) reveals the best-performing destinations in international tourism receipts from January to September 2023 – with the performance measured as a percentage change compared to the same period in 2019.

African Destinations Excel in Tourism Receipts

Four destinations from the African region namely, Mauritius (+35%), Morocco (+33%), Tanzania (+26%), and Egypt (+26%) – have shown significant performance in the first 8 or 9 months of 2023.

Pakistan, the leading performing destination in tourism receipts for the same period, has achieved +92%.

UNWTO'S Best Performing Destinations - Tourism Receipts 2023
Source/ UNWTO

Tourism Receipts on the Rise

According to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, tourism receipts could reach USD 1.4 trillion in 2023 – about 93% of the USD 1.5 trillion earned by destinations in 2019.

International Arrivals Nearing Pre-Pandemic Levels

The report highlights that between January and September 2023 – 975 million tourists travelled internationally.

The overall international arrivals are predicted to reach 1.3 billion in 2023, close to 90% of pre-pandemic levels.

The UNWTO predicts international tourism will recover to pre-pandemic levels by 2024 despite economic challenges and uncertainty derived from certain geopolitical tensions and conflicts.