The United Nations reported that tourism increased by 4.4 percent in 2015, resulting in a record breaking 1.2 billion travelers. There were 50 million more leisure overnight travelers in 2015 compared to 2014.

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is encouraging nations to promote tourism, because it creates jobs and helps economies grow.

The UN is predicting tourism to grow about 4 percent in 2016. It has grown at this rate every year since 2010. Tourism numbers might be slightly smaller in 2016, said a press release from the UN World Tourism Organization.

The WTO reports that Asia, the Pacific and the Americas are on track to have the highest amount of growth in tourism — between 4 and 5 percent. Europe will have the second highest amount of growth at between 3.5 percent and 4.5 percent. Africa and the Middle East are predicted to have between two to five percent growth.


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