Global tourism hits new record: UN agency

International tourism grew by almost five percent in the first half of the year, recording a record 440 million arrivals, the World Tourism Organisation said Thursday.

The results show that "in spite of multiple challenges, international tourism continues to consolidate the return to growth initiated in 2010," the UN body said in its report.

"Between January and June of this year, the total number of arrivals reached 440 million, 19 million more than in the same period of 2010," the body said from its Madrid headquarters.

The rise of almost five percent in international tourism over the period set "a new record of 440 million arrivals," the tourism organisation reported.

Source: The Independent