UNWTO News 5

Release Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2012


International tourism off to a strong start in 2012

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5.7% in the first two months of 2012. Demand remained strong in both advanced and emerging economy destinations, despite economic constraints in many of the source markets of Europe and North America Read More +

International tourism receipts surpass US$ 1 trillion in 2011

In 2011, international tourism receipts exceeded US$ 1 trillion for the first time, up from US$ 928 billion in 2010. In real terms, receipts grew by 3.8%, following a 4.6% increase in international tourist arrivals. An additional US$ 196 billion in receipts from international passenger transport brought total exports generated by international tourism in 2011 to US$ 1.2 trillion Read More +



Communities in north-east Cambodia, where 80% of the population lives under the poverty line, have created twenty tourism microbusinesses along the Mekong River, thanks to training in business English and other initiatives, as part of a UNWTO Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) project Read more +


The Middle East Outbound Travel Market with Special Insight into the Image of Europe as a Destination

The Middle East is one of the smallest, yet fastest growing, tourist generating regions in the world, with outbound travel quadrupling in the last 20 years. Compiled by UNWTO and the European Travel Commission (ETC), this publication provides an in-depth analysis of the structure and trends of this market, helping destinations and businesses to plan ahead.


International tourism accounts for 30% of the world’s services exports and 6% of overall exports of goods and services.