International tourism on track to end 2014 with record numbers

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Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UN Photo/Pernaca Sudhakaran

International tourism is set to hit a new record at the end of 2014 with over 1.1 billion international tourists travelling the world in one single year, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The World Tourism Barometer shows that during the first ten months of 2014, the number of international travellers grew by 5 per cent, above expectations.

By region, the strongest growth was registered in the Americas, followed by Asia and the Pacific and Europe.

By sub-region, UNWTO says North America and South Asia were what they called "the star performers".

The organization adds the trends are encouraging as tourism is one of the sectors which creates the most job opportunities.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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