INTERNATIONAL tourist arrivals grew by five percent last year, reaching a record 1.087 million arrivals, according to the latest United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) count. Despite economic problems, international tourism results were well above expectations, with an additional 52 million international tourists travelling in 2013.
Demand for international tourism was strongest for destinations in Asia and the Pacific (up six percent), Africa (also up six percent) and Europe (up five percent).
The leading sub-regions were South-East Asia (up ten percent), Central and Eastern Europe (up seven percent), Southern and Mediterranean Europe (up six percent) and North Africa (up six percent).
“Tourism has been among the few sectors generating positive news for many economies,” said UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai.
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