Europe proved to be the most popular region last year with highest number of visitors
International Tourism reached record levels in 2014. In the first 10 months of this year, the number of tourists spending at least one night in a foreign country reached 978 million. This was up 45 million more than in the same period of 2013 and the UN (UNWTO) is predicting the 2014 year end total reached an all-time high of 1.1 billion.
Tourism numbers have shown almost continued growth over the past six decades – from 25 million in 1950 to 278 million in 1980, 528 million in 1995 and 1.87 billion in 2013. The strongest growth this year has been in the Americas includes the Caribbean, with tourist numbers in the region up eight percent.
Asia and the Pacific welcomed the next highest increase in tourist, with travelers to region up by 5 percent with Southern and Mediterranean Europe, North East Asia and Northern Europe all up by seven per cent.
Africa Numbers for the first ten months of 2014 were up by three per cent, despite the out bread of Ebola, while Middle East numbers have risen by four percent.
International tourist arrivals worldwide are expected to increase by 3.3 per cent each year from 2010 to 2030 to reach 1.8 billion by 2030, according to UNWTO’s long-term forecast Tourism towards 2013. Total export earnings generated by international tourism in 2013 reached Euro 900 billion.