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unwto_barom14_04_august_excerpt_0 - Volume 12 August 2014...

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1 Contents Inbound tourism: short-term trends 2014 6 Regional results 7 Hospitality 10 Meetings industry 13 Statistical Annex Annex-1 to Annex-39 This issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer and its accompanying Statistical Annex include an analysis of results for international tourism for the first half of 2014 based on arrivals and receipts data reported by destinations around the world, as well on international tourism expenditure data for source markets around the world. Furthermore, this issue includes data on hotel performance and the meetings industry. This release is available only in electronic format, through the UNWTO elibrary, and is free of charge for members. The release is provided in English only, while the Statistical Annex is available in English, French, Spanish and Russian. International tourism up by 5% in the first half of the year International tourist arrivals grew by 4.6% in the first half of 2014 according to the data included in this issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer . Destinations worldwide received some 517 million international tourists (overnight visitors) between January and June 2014, 22 million more than in the same period of 2013. Growth was strongest in the Americas (+6%) followed by Asia and the Pacific and Europe (both at +5%). By subregion, South Asia and Northern Europe (both +8%) were the best performers, together with North-East Asia and Southern and Mediterranean Europe (both +7%). “These results show that tourism is consolidating its positive performance of recent years, providing development and economic opportunities worldwide,” said UNWTO Secretary- General, Taleb Rifai. “Indeed, despite geopolitical and economic challenges, the number of international tourist arrivals has grown by 5% a year on average since 2010, a trend that has translated into more economic growth, more exports and more jobs,” he added. So far, global results for the first half of 2014 are in line with UNWTO’s forecast issued at the beginning of 2014. For the full year 2014, international tourist arrivals are expected to increase by 4% to 4.5%, above UNWTO’s long-term forecast of 3.8% per year for the period 2010 to 2020. International Tourist Arrivals, monthly evolution World (% change) Source: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) © -15 -10 -5 0 5 10 15 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014* The Americas leads the growth Growth picked up significantly in the Americas (+6%). All four subregions benefited, with North America, boosted by Mexico, Central America and South America all increasing by 6% and the Caribbean by 5%. In South America (+6%), the hosting of the Football World Cup in Brazil contributed to the positive results in the subregion – receipts from international tourism in Brazil grew by 10% in the first seven months of the year with a 60% increase in June and July.
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