International tourism to reach one billion mark in 2012

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Aswan, Egypt

International tourism is expected to reach the one billion mark in 2012 despite the challenging global economic conditions, according to the United Nations' World Tourism Organization.

The Spain-based agency says that contrary to previous years, growth was higher in advanced economies than in emerging ones.

Charles Appel reports.

Global tourism has hit new levels despite a stalled global economic recovery, major political upheavals in the Arab world and the earthquake in Japan.

WTO said that international tourist arrivals grew by over 4% in 2011 to 980 million.

Arrivals are expected to reach one billion by the end of the year.

Most tourists, more than half a billion, visited Europe.

Meanwhile, political set backs in the Middle East have lost the region an estimated 5 million in international tourist arrivals.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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