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International Tourism Set to Hit New Record by the end of 2015


International Tourism Set to Hit New Record by the end of 2015


BB News International Reporter I


With nearly 1 billion tourists travelling all over the world in just one year, global tourism is on its way to end this year, 2015, with huge numbers. According to the latest report by the World Tourism Organization, the amount of international tourist grew by nearly 6% during the first six months of 2015 and this number exceeds expectations.


The expert predictions

The amount of global tourists reached 1023 million, which is nearly 40 million more than the previous year and during the same period between January and June. This is a 4.5% increase and global tourism will continue to exceed expectations set by the long term statistics that has been set by WTO for the years between 2010 and 2020. The predicted amount of tourists who will be travelling all over the world by the end of 2015 will be around 1.2 billion.

Mesmerizing USA

The strongest growth in International tourism was noticed by America, which showed a 12% increase in global tourism. Second came Asia and the Pacific regions, while Europe saw a growth of 4%. North America and South Asia showed the biggest increase in global tourism, registering a growth of 11% and 9% respectively. The regions of Southern and Mediterranean Europe, North-East Asia and Northern Europe all showed a steady increase.

Sleeping Giant Asia and Pacific regions

A 10% increase in tourism was noticed in Asia and Pacific regions. The best result was shown by South Asia (a 9% increase) with India (7% increase) leading the way and followed by the regions of South Asia (8% increase). Oceania tourism saw an increase of 6% due to the increase of tourism in New Zealand and Australia. South Asia saw a meager growth of 2%, which was quite lower than the predicted results due to decreased tourism in Thailand.

Exotic Europe

Europe registered a growth of 4% due to the arrival of tourists in the month of May and impressive results was noticed in the regions of Northern Europe and Southern Mediterranean Europe as they both registered an increase of 8% in tourism. Western Europe saw a steady increase of international tourism, registering a growth of 2%, while the growth of international tourism in Eastern and Central Europe was stagnant.

Agile Middle East

Slowly recovering from the decline in international tourism faced by the countries, the Middle East is showing slow but steady growth in their tourism, registering at a 4% increase. Even Africa isn’t far behind as it registered a 3% growth in spite of the challenge of the Ebola Outbreak in some African countries.


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