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Tourism numbers up 5%

Tourism numbers up 5%
21 Oct 2013

The number of international tourists worldwide increased by 5% in the first eight months of 2013, according to the latest figures from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). 

In all, there were 747m tourist arrivals during this period, up 38m on the figures from last year's World Tourism Barometer. June saw the 100m arrivals mark exceeded for the first time, before 125m arrivals were recorded in both July and August. 

Growth was led by Europe, the world's largest market, where arrivals were up by 20m - with central and eastern Europe seeing a 7% rise in tourists. Expansion was fastest in south-east Asia, which witnessed a 12% spike. 

'While global economic growth is in low gear, international tourism continues to produce above average results in most world regions, offering vital opportunities for employment and local economies,' commented UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai at the opening of the European Tourism Forum in Vilnius.ADNFCR-408-ID-801651553-ADNFCR

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