The Asia-Pacific region is helping the global recovery of the tourism sector, claims the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

The Asia-Pacific region is helping the global recovery of the tourism sector, claims the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, the total worldwide arrivals in the first eight months of the year was 642 million – seven per cent higher than in the same period in 2009 and one million more than in 2008.

The organisation’s long-term expectations for 2010 are an increase in tourist arrivals of up to six per cent followed by a four per cent rise in 2011 as more travellers consider flights to Thailand and other destinations.

“These results reinforce the message that we have been underscoring since the outbreak of the global crisis at the end of 2008 – that tourism is one of the most dynamic economic sectors and a key driver in creating much needed growth and employment,” explained UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai.

He added that although tourism has been “seriously impacted” it is currently recovering quicker than other export sectors.

The Asia-Pacific region has reported a ten million increase in international arrivals compared to 2010.

UNWTO’s membership includes 154 countries and a further 400 affiliate ‎members from across the industry.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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