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Published on : Monday, February 4, 2013
According to the forecasts of the WTO, the international tourist arrivals are expected to increase in proportions of between 3% and 4% in 2013, which is consistent with the largely long-term projections established by the Organization for 2030, i.e, 3.8% per year on average between 2010 and 2020. The confidence index of the WTO confirms this perspective. Established by looking at more than 300 experts worldwide, the index shows that the prospects for 2013 are similar to last year’s assessment (124 points in 2013 against 122 in 2012).
At the regional level, the Asia-Pacific is as prospects for 2013 are more favorable (+5% to +6%). Followed by Africa (+4% to +6%), the Americas (+3% to +4%), Europe (2% to 3%) and the Middle East (0% to 5 %).
With 39 million additional international tourists compared to 996 million recorded in 2011, international tourist arrivals surpassed the billion (1.035 billion) in 2012, which never happened. Demand has performed well throughout the year, with a better than expected fourth quarter.