International tourism demand remains strong
International tourism demand continued to be robust between January and April 2015 with tourist arrivals increasing four percent worldwide, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer.
Almost all regions enjoyed strong growth. Prospects for the May-August period remain upbeat, with close to 500 million tourists expected to travel abroad during these four months.
Destinations worldwide received some 332 million international tourists (overnight visitors) between January and April 2015, 16 million more than the same period last year, corresponding to an increase of four percent.
This result follows an increase of 4.3 percent in 2014 and consolidates the upwards trend of international tourism in recent years (+4.5% international tourist arrivals a year on average, since 2010).
By region, the Americas (+6%) led growth, followed by Europe, Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East, all recording 4% to 5% more arrivals.