Tourism in 2005
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 tourist numbers in 2005, which have been growing ever since, every year, as one of the
most desirable of European destinations.
Growing tourism numbers
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.