Emerging economies drive tourism growth

2013-08-29 08:53
Cape Town - Growth in international tourist arrivals world-wide exceeded expectations this year, however emerging economies showed the most growth.

Tourism Update reports that the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer revealed that international arrivals grew by 5% during the first half of this year compared with the same period last year. UNWTO's original projection was set at 3%- 4%.

Emerging economy destinations saw an increase of 6% compared with 4% growth in advanced economies and also led the growth of outbound markets, with China and Russia seeing a 31% and 22% growth in expenditure on travel.

Africa had seen arrivals increase by 4% as a result of continued recovery in North Africa and the positive results of sub-Saharan destinations, said the organisation.

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