UNWTO: international tourism in 2014 increased by 4.7%MOSCOW, January 28. The number of foreign tourist visits in the world in 2014 increased 4.7% compared to the previous year, and amounted to 1,138 billion Such data today leads the world tourism organization (UNWTO).

The greatest growth showed North and South America (an increase of 7%), Asia and the Pacific (+5%). This was modest growth in Europe (4%), middle East (+4%) and in Africa (an increase of 2%), reports “Finmarket” .

At the same time, according to the organization, Europe strengthens its position as the most visited region in the world. It was visited by more than half of all foreign tourists of the world, is 588 million people. The growth in tourist arrivals of 7% is observed in Northern and southern Europe and in the Mediterranean and in Western Europe the results are slightly more modest, here tourists increased by 2%. In Central and Eastern Europe the number of tourists compared with 2013 year has not changed.

Last year 5% added Asia-Pacific region, it was visited by 263 million tourists. In South America the number of tourists has increased by 7% and reached 181 million Increase in North America was 8%, the Caribbean countries has also added 7% of tourists. 6% increase in the number of tourists in the countries of Central and South America.

International tourism in the middle East have risen by 4%, showing the result in 50 million tourists — 2 million higher than last year. African countries showed an increase in the number of arrivals by 2%, there have been 56 million tourists. And if North Africa, the gain was about 1% South of Sahara the number of tourists increased by 3% despite the Ebola outbreak in several West African countries.

The largest increase in spending on tourism showed China. So, for the first 9 months of 2014, spending of Chinese tourists increased by 17%. The total number of trips abroad made by residents of this country, increased by 11 million to 109 million.