International tourism revenues rise by 3.6 pct in 2015: UN tourism agency

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has said international tourism revenues grew by 3.6 percent during 2015, and tourism accounted for 7 percent of the world’s exports and 30 percent of service exports.

There was a 4.4 percent rise in international visitor numbers to almost 1.2 billion people in 2015, with the total export value of international tourism totaling 1.4 trillion U.S. dollars.

UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai said the data “proved the sector’s relevance in stimulating economic growth, boosting exports and creating jobs for an increasing number of economies worldwide.”

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