International tourism arrivals grew by 8% during the first four
months of the year, according to a report by the World Tourism
Organization (WTO), which said the increase was a "positive trend"
similar to that of 2004.
The WTOs World
Tourism Barometer for June shows tourism arrivals so far this year
were "particularly strong for the Middle East (up 17%), Africa (up
12%) and the Americas (up 11%).
climate, the persistent weak economy and SARS have constrained
tourism seriously in previous years and have left a significant
amount of pent-up demand in the market," Augusto Huescar, WTO's
chief of market intelligence and promotion. "From last year on, we
have seen this being released and the data indicate that this
process is still in full swing. People are regaining the lust for
travel and feel that the moment is appropriate to make the trips
they postponed in the past years."
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