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Income from international tourism increased in 2012

According to the 2012 World Tourism Organization (WTO) report, income from international tourism rose by 4% in 2012, reaching 1 075 billion dollars (about 873 billion euros), for a total of 1 035 million travelers.

The 1 035 million people who traveled in 2012 brought nearly 873 billion euros to international tourism. Taleb Rifa, secretary general of the WTO welcomes these figures: "It is encouraging to note that the increase in international tourist arrivals has been accompanied by an equivalent increase in spending despite the continuing economic difficulties".

America is the continent that registered the strongest increase in terms of income (7%), followed by Asia Pacific (5%), and Europe (2%). Revenues from the Middle East has however declined by 2% over the period.

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