High marks for international tourism in 2010

INTERNATIONAL tourist arrivals rose by 6.7 per cent last year over 2009, signifying that the industry had recovered faster than expected from the global financial crisis of late-2008 and 2009.

According to the World Tourism Barometer of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the number of international tourist arrivals reached 935 million in 2010, up 58 million from 2009.

While all regions posted positive growth, Asia hit a new record with 204 million arrivals, a 13 per cent hike over 2009’s 181 million.

The UNWTO expects growth in international tourist arrivals to continue this year but at a slower pace of four to five per cent.

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