The UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)’s Barometer has recorded 705 million tourists as at August 2012 and the 4% growth represented 28 million arrivals more than the 2011 period.
“Growth slowed down in June (+2.7%) and July (+1.4%) as compared to the first five months of the year (average of 5%), yet recovered in August at 4%, a positive result for the month that accounts for the highest volume of international tourism in the year,” the UNWTO said in a statement.
According to the UN body, the resilience of international tourism in a continuing uncertain economy is further confirmed by the positive data on tourism earnings and expenditure.
“This growth is a very positive result in view of the global economic situation. We must remain cautious, however, as we have also observed some weaker months during the year, a trend that might return in the remainder of the year,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
UNWTO says it remains confident that one billion international tourists will travel the world by the end of the year.
UNWTO is therefore expecting a growth of 3% to 4% for the year as a whole, while forecasting a slight slowdown in demand for 2013 (+2% to 4%).
The organization has targeted one billion tourist arrivals by the end of 2012.
By Ekow Quandzie