The latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer estimates that destinations worldwide received around 1.1 billion international tourist arrivals in the first nine months of 2019, about 43 million more than in the same period of 2018.
The Middle East (+9%) led growth followed by Asia and the Pacific and Africa (both +5%). Europe (+3%) and the Americas (+2%) enjoyed a more moderate increase.
Tourism's growth continues to outpace global economic growth, bearing witness to its enormous potential to create prospects for investment around the world, but also to the complexities of sustainability.
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