World tourism in 2006 is growing in a third consecutive year, which is providing a sound basis for further growth in the sector in 2007, a new report reveals. With a projected growth rate of 10.6 percent, Africa this year again is the world's leading region when it comes to capitalise this expansion of the sector. Between January and August, international tourist arrivals to Africa increased by 9.8 percent.
The numbers yesterday were released by the Madrid-based the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), in its thrice-annual UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. The UN agency noted a world-wide increase by 4.5 percent in international tourists during the first eight months of this year, compared to the same period last year.