World tourism flows in 2010

In 2010, 940 million international tourist arrivals were recorded globally, which is 58 million more than the arrivals recoded in 2009, i.e. an increase of 6.6%.

This increase is due to the positive results noted in all regions throughout the year. Specifically, the highest increase in the number of international tourist arrivals (+14%) was recorded in the Middle East, followed by Asia (+12.7%), Africa (+7%), America (+6.5%) and Europe (+3.3%).

(Source: UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, April 2011)

Forecasts for 2011

The WTO expects that the recovery of international tourism will continue in 2011, noting that the recent unrest in the Middle East and North Africa and the destructive earthquake that hit Japan are not expected to affect forecasted development significantly. According to WTO forecasts, in 2011 a 4% to 5% growth rate is expected at global level.

(Source: UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, April 2011)