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Latest Positive Tourism Numbers

By August 28, 2013

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Tour group at Angkor Archaeological site in Siem Reap, CambodiaTourism is on a world-wide upswing. A surprisingly strong one in fact. That's the great news this week from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

According to the latest UNWTO Worldwide Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals grew by five percent in the first half of 2013 over last year's numbers. That's a higher-than-expected increase. It also adds up to nearly half a billion visitors traveling to destinations around the world.

Regions showing the biggest gains include Southeast Asia and South Asia; Central and Eastern Europe, along with Southern and Mediterranean Europe.

Increases in tourism expenditures were led by China and Russia, rising at a whopping 31 and 22 percent, respectively.

Overall, the UNWTO predicts 2013 will wind up with a four percent growth rate over last year, still above projections. That's reason for those of us in the tourism business to think more strategically than ever. I'll be posting several articles with tips from the experts about how to harness the tourism trends and other data in the Barometer.

In the meantime, let's be grateful to work in such a dynamic and welcoming industry! In an era when other professions are going through consolidations, layoffs and cut-backs, tourism is stronger than ever.

Photo Courtesy Strategic Travel Media


September 11, 2013 at 5:16 am
(1) Tidung says:

Development of world tourism is very fast but certainly for countries that have a political condition that is safe and stable, such as the countries in Southeast Asia.

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