Tourism in the Dominican Republic is expected to end 2014 with 7% growth and a record number of visitors. But this is not the exception in the world. The United Nations World Tourism Organization says that more than 1.1 billion international tourists will have traveled the world in 2014, a new record. During the first ten months of the year, international travel was up 5%. By October 2014, the volume of overnight visitors had reached 978 million, or 45 million more than in the same period in 2013.
As reported, the strongest growth was registered in the Americas (+8), followed by Asia and the Pacific (+5%) and Europe (+4%). By sub-region, North America (+9%) and South Asia (+8%) were the star performers, as well as Southern and Mediterranean Europe, North-East Asia and Northern Europe (all +7%).
UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai commented: “These are remarkable results considering that different parts of the world continue to face significant geopolitical and health challenges, while the global economic recovery remains rather fragile and uneven”.
“More importantly, we see a growing political commitment to the tourism sector in many countries. This is encouraging, not in the least because tourism is one of the sectors that is best able to deliver on employment at a moment when job creation need to be a priority to all”, he added.