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Published on : Monday, February 4, 2013
According to the latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer Worldwide, in 2012, growth was strongest in emerging economies (+4.1%) than in advanced economies (+3.6%). This is a trend that we see now for many years in the industry.
The international tourist arrivals in Europe, which is the most visited region in the world, increased by 3%. This is a very positive result given the economic situation and the good results of 2011 (+6%). Total arrivals reached 535 million, 17 million more than in 2011. Regarding sub-regions are the destinations of the Central and Eastern Europe (8%) who performed best, followed by Western Europe (+3%). Destinations of southern Europe Mediterranean (2%) have consolidated the excellent figures of 2011 and in 2012 found their normal rate of growth.
Asia-Pacific (7%) recorded 15 million additional arrivals in 2012, bringing the total to 233 million international tourists. The South-East Asia (9%) were the sub-region with the best results, which is explained in large part by the policies implemented to promote cooperation and coordination in intraregional tourism. The North-East Asia also recorded strong growth (+6%) as a result of market recovery receiver and transmitter while the Japanese South Asia (+4%) and Oceania (4% ) were growing weaker by comparison.
With 6 million additional arrivals, the Americas (+4%) reached 162 million total arrivals. The best scores in terms of growth were posted by destinations in Central America (6%). South America (4%) experienced a slowdown compared to the double-digit growth it had received in 2010 and 2011. In contrast, the Caribbean (4%) did better than the previous two years and North America (+3%) has consolidated its growth in 2011.
The Africa (+6%) was recovered well after the downturn of 2011, which had resulted in a decrease of 1%, mainly due to the negative results of North Africa. Arrivals reached a new record (52 million) as a result of the rebound in North Africa (+9% against a decline of 9% in 2011) and the continued growth of sub-Saharan destinations (+5%). The Middle East (-5%) fared better in 2011 (-7%), but the region received in 2012, according to the estimated 3 million international tourist arrivals despite the less net recovery in Egypt.