World tourism numbers ‘hit new high’

British travellers on holidays abroad have helped to fuel unrivalled world tourism figures, the United Nations has reported.

Across 2015, there were nearly 1.2 billion overnight tourism stays – a jump of 4.4% on 2014, the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) finds.

Britons’ travel spending increased by 6% from 2014 to 2015, buoyed by their “rebounding economy” as well as the strong pound, the report shows.

The UNWTO expects more record numbers this year.  It is again predicting growth across the global industry but with business slowing somewhat to 4%.

China and the US were two others who joined the UK as major sources of foreign holiday travellers.

Europe, the Pacific, the Americas and Asia saw the greatest tourism gains among the continents, with growth of about 5%.

The Middle Eastern region enjoyed 3% growth in 2015, while Africa saw a 3% fall, although not all information was collated there.

Taleb Rifai, the secretary general of the UNWTO, announced the record numbers in international tourism.

The expert says this is helping to create fresh employment as well as economic expansion across many regions of the globe.  The official says the outlook for this year is “largely positive”.

Key to continued expansion is tourism promotion throughout countries, he added.

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