World tourism flows in 2012

In 2012, more than 1 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded globally, which is 39 million more than the arrivals recoded in 2011, i.e. an increase of 4%.

This increase is due to the positive results noted in most of the regions throughout the year. Specifically, the highest increase in the number of international tourist arrivals (+7.1%) was recorded in Asia, followed by Africa (+5.4%), America (+4.1%) and Europe (+3.6%). The only region that presented a decline throughout the year (-5.3%) was the Middle East.

(Source: UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, April 2013)

Forecasts for 2013

The WTO expects that the international tourism will continue its growth in 2013, with the international tourist arrivals increasing from 3 to 4% at global level.

(Source: UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, April 2013)