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Published on : Sunday, July 12, 2015
According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals increased 4% worldwide between January and April 2015. Consolidating the upwards trend of international tourism in recent years, worldwide destinations received some 332 million international tourists (overnight visitors) between January and April 2015 which is 16 million more than the same period last year.
The Americas led the growth with 6% increase in tourist arrivals followed by Europe, Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East, all recording 4% to 5% more arrivals. By subregion, Oceania and South America witnessed the strongest increase (both +8%), followed by the Caribbean. Central and Eastern Europe also boasted of 7%) increase, rebounding from last year’s decline.
Affected mainly by the Ebola outbreak, demand weakened in 2014 after years of solid growth in Africa. In 2015, during January-April period African destinations are still struggling to recover registering 6% decline.
“It is encouraging to see the tourism sector consolidating its excellent results despite security concerns and unrest in many parts of our world”, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
He added, “This underscores that tourism is a surprisingly resilient economic sector which increasingly contributes to development in many countries around the globe. For national governments, it is a reminder that tourism can be part of the solution to foster socio-economic development and job creation”.