U.N. says world tourism arrivals rose 5% in 2013

International tourist arrivals grew by 5% in 2013, reaching a record 1.09 billion, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

The UNWTO said the 5% increase equaled an additional 52 million tourists. More than half of them, 29 million, visited Europe.

Expenditures by tourists from China, the world’s largest outbound market, increased 28% in the first three quarters of 2013, said the UNWTO. The Russian Federation, the fifth-largest outbound market, reported 26% growth through September.

Spending by French tourists grew 6%, and the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia each grew 3%. Germany, Japan and Italy reported declines in outbound expenditure, UNTWO said.

For 2014, the UNTWO forecasts worldwide arrivals growth of 4% to 4.5%.
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