If you still believed the worldwide recession was having an effect on international travel, following the latest results released by the UNWTO, it’s time to think again! The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has stated that there was a 4.7 per cent increase in international tourist arrivals in 2014, compared with 2013. This equates to a massive 1.138 billion tourist arrivals throughout the year.
The good news is that there has been an increase in tourist arrivals across the entire planet; however, some parts of the world have done much better than others. The regions that faired best were Southern Asia, Northeast Asia, Northern Europe, Southern/Mediterranean Europe and the Caribbean where there were 7 per cent increases in all of these areas. North America managed to even beat these regions, coming out on top with a whopping 8 per cent increase year-on-year.
The region that recorded the most modest increase in 2014 was Africa: where a 2 per cent increase was recorded. This has been put down to a number of unfortunate circumstances affecting the continent over the twelve-month period and the UNWTO is actually forecasting significantly better results for the year 2015.
The UNWTO is forecasting a bumper year in 2015 for international tourist arrivals. In fact, it is expected to leave 2014 in the shade with substantial rises in international travel. It would now seem that the dreadful impact of the worldwide economic crisis is being put firmly behind us as we enter a period of increased growth in the travel and tourism industry.
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