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World tourists reached 1.2bn last year, speared by Asians; Europe hit by security fears

Thursday, January 19th 2017 - 07:27 UTC
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The number of international tourists rose by four percent worldwide to 1.2 billion in 2016 as Asians traveled more, but security fears hit visitor arrivals in Europe, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) said. This represents the seventh consecutive year of growth since 2009, when global tourism figures declined four percent as the financial crisis and an outbreak of swine flu saw cash-strapped people stay at home. Read full article