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Asia and Pacific 'most open' to tourists

Asia and Pacific 'most open' to tourists
30 Jan 2013

Asia and the Pacific are the most 'open' destinations for tourists, with just one in five world travellers requiring a special visa to enter countries in those regions, the United National World Travel Organization (UNWTO) has revealed.

According to the global agency's own research, an average of 20% of the world's population do not need a visa to visit an Asian destination, while around the same proportion are able to get a visa on arrival and a further 8% able to get a visa online prior to setting off.

In comparison, while 21% of the world's population needs no visa to visit destinations in Europe, far fewer are able to obtain a visa either on arrival or in advance over the internet, making the continent the 'least open' to tourists.

Commenting on the findings, UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai noted that strict entry requirements could deter tourists from visiting a country or region.

'An overall restrictive visa policy means lost opportunities for economic growth and jobs, which tourism could bring to destinations,' he said.

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