Tourism: Arrivals recover strongly in Tunisia and Egypt

14 May, 20:12

(ANSAmed) - MADRID, MAY 14 - Despite the difficult economic situation, the tourism sector in Europe is not being conditioned by the crisis and saw a 5% increase in tourist numbers in the first 2 months of the year compared to the corresponding period of 2011, according to figures released today by the World Tourism Organisation.

Tourism in the North Africa and in the rest of the continent has also risen significantly, with tourist numbers up by 8% in the Maghreb and 7% in sub-Saharan Africa. The organisation has registered a particular increase for the sector in Tunisia and Egypt, where first quarter arrivals increased by 53% and 32% respectively, compared to the same period of 2011.

On a global level, the number of foreign tourists in the world grew by 5.7% in the first two months of 2012, reaching 131 million people, compared to the corresponding period of 2011, not least thanks to the growth in emerging countries and the consistency of developed countries.

In eastern European countries, the number of international tourists has trebled in the last 5 years, moving up from less than one million in 2006 to more than 3 million in 2011.

(ANSAmed).

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