UNWTO: Number of International Tourists Increased by Almost 2 Million in 2015

UNWTO: Number of International Tourists Increased by Almost 2 Million in 2015

access_time2016-01-29 12:20:10

1.184 billion-  that's how many tourists traveled outside their countries' borders for at least one night in 2015, according to new record-breaking stats released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in its latest World Tourism Barometer.

It's a rise of 4.4% -- or 50 million -- over 2014 and the 6th consecutive year of above-average growth, said the report.

By regions, Europe, the Americas and Asia and the Pacific all recorded around a 5% increase in international arrivals in 2015, said the report.

Europe led the way, supported by a weaker euro against the U.S. dollar and other main currencies, with arrivals reaching 609 million -- 29 million more than in 2014.


Asia and the Pacific, also at 5%, recorded 13 million more international tourist arrivals last year to reach 277 million, with uneven results across destinations.

International tourist arrivals in the Americas grew 9 million to reach 191 million. Results in South America and North America (both at 4%) were close to the average.

Arrivals to the Middle East increased by 3% while Africa (though limited data was available) experienced an estimated 3% decrease -- "mostly due to weak results in North Africa, which accounts for over one third of arrivals in the region . The UNWTO Confidence Index says that while growth will be slightly lower than in the previous two years, international tourist arrivals are predicted to increase by 4% worldwide in 2016.

 

 



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