WTO announces 2005 tourism numbers
MADRID - 27. January 2006 -- The World Tourism Organization has today announced
European tourism visits numbers for 2005. The highest growth was achieved by Turkey, whose visitor numbers grew by
20% in 2005, reaching 21 millions. It's followed by Israel and Croatia, who both enjoyed 7% higher visitor numbers
in 2005. Spain tourist numbers grew by 6%.
Croatia achieved growth of 7% in tourism numbers in 2005
Overall, tourism numbers grew by 5.5% on average in 2005, with 808 million tourists
travelling to other countries for their holidays. The highest regional growth has been noted by Africa, whose
visitor numbers grew by 10%. The Asian-Pacific region grew by 7%, Americas by 6%, while European tourism grew by
4.3% in 2005.
Despite the natural and man-made disasters in 2005, such as tsunami and terrorist attacks
on tourism objects, tourism industry continues to grow. During the past 3 years the number of tourists travelling
grew by almost 100 millions worldwide.