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Tourists 2015

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“The number of international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) in 2015 reached a total of 1186 million, an increase of 52 million over the previous year. (…) Demand was robust overall, although results were more mixed than usual across destinations. Three major factors influenced tourism flows in 2015: the unusually strong exchange rate fluctuations, the decline in the price of oil and other commodities which increased disposable income in importing countries but weakened tourism demand in exporting countries, as well as increased global concern about safety and security.
By UNWTO region, the Americas and Asia and the Pacific both recorded close to 6% growth in international tourist arrivals, with Europe recording 5%. Arrivals in the Middle East increased by 2%, while in Africa comparatively limited data points to an estimated 3% decline, mostly due to the weak results in North Africa. By subregion, the best results were recorded by SouthEast Asia (+8%), Oceania, the Caribbean, Central America and Northern Europe (all +7%), followed by North America and South America (both +6%).” (Quoted from the World Tourism Barometer 2016)


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Technical Notes

This map shows the proportion of world international touristic visitors to that territory in 2015.

Data sources
This map uses data by UNWTO (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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