WTO: Tourism will continue to grow

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) projects that this year there will be slightly less movement of tourists compared to the rate achieved in 2012.

In its World Tourism Barometer report for the month of January, UNWTO forecasts that in 2013 international tourist arrivals will not exceed 4%, which was the increase calculated for the previous year.

In 2012, for the first time the movement of tourists surpassed the barrier of one million visitors in one year. This year Asia, Africa and the Americas recorded a growth topping 4%, placing them once again at the top of the main markets chosen by tourists.

Even though Europe and the United States continue to undergo financial difficulties, Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, stated that tourism is a pillar that governments around the world should support to stimulate economic growth in their countries.

The confidence index prepared by the agency rose two points last January to reach 124, two points above the 2012 score.

Source: www.laprensa.com.pa