International tourism continues to grow

16 September 2013

Tourist arrivals around the globe reached 550 million during the first six months of 2013, according to figures by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a 5% increase on 2012.

Emerging market countries contributed the greatest share of tourist growth (6%) with advanced nations growing slightly less (4%).

Secretary-general of UNWTO Taleb Rifai said: "The fact that international tourism grew above expectations confirms that travelling is now part of consumer patterns for an increasing number of people in both emerging and advanced economies. This underlines the need for tourism to be considered a key pillar of socio-economic development, as it is a leading contributor to economic growth, exports and jobs."

Growth is likely to continue at a slightly slower pace in the second half of 2013.

Privacy Policy
We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.