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International tourist arrivals up 7% in 2010: UNWTO

18-Jan-2011 10:24 AM

UNWTO reports (17-Jan-2011) international tourist arrivals rose 7% year-on-year to 935 million in 2010. Details include:

  • 2010:
    • World: 935 million, +6.7% year-on-year;
  • 2011 Forecast:
    • World: up 4% to 5%;
      • Europe: up 2% to 4%;
      • Asia Pacific: up 7% to 9%;
      • Americas: up 4% to 6%;
      • Africa: up 4% to 7%;
      • Middle East: up 7% to 10%. [more]

UNWTO: “Boosted by improved economic conditions worldwide, international tourism has recovered faster than expected from the impacts of the global financial crisis and economic recession of late 2008 and 2009. Following a year of global recovery in 2010, growth is expected to continue for the tourism sector in 2011 but at a slower pace. UNWTO forecasts international tourist arrivals to grow at between 4% to 5% in 2011, a rate slightly above the long-term average,” Source: Company statement, 17-Jan-2011.