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16 September 2011 11:57
Africa posted the highest growth in terms on tourist arrivals in the world in the six months to the end of June
African travel destinations saw an impressive growth in tourist arrivals during the first half of the year as visitor numbers worldwide rose by nearly 5%, figures show.
The World Tourism Organisation said the sector overcame "multiple challenges" to continue the recovery that began last year.
A record 440 million people visited countries around the world between January and June this year - with the total tourist arrivals up 19 million from the same period in 2010.
Africa led the way with a 9% overall rise in tourist numbers, while Europe and the Americas, which saw increases of 6% each, also remained popular destinations for people taking out
The growth in Asia and the Pacific slowed down from 13% last year to around 5% - in part due to the earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan early this year.
The Arab Spring - the wave of popular uprisings against political regimes in the Arab world - caused visitor numbers to fall 11% in the Middle East and 13% in North Africa.
20 May 2017
Holidaymakers travelling via London City Airport will benefit from a digital air traffic control tower from 2019.
19 May 2017
Many Britons are increasing their risk of developing diseases like cancer by drinking too much alcohol, experts have suggested.
18 May 2017
People could increase their chances of developing serious illnesses after spending just two weeks as a 'couch potato', new research suggests.
17 May 2017
Holidaymakers who would like to sample the high life can now do so at one of the major airports of the United States.
16 May 2017
A star of the soap world has called for more attention to be paid to common health problems like Alzheimer's disease.
13 May 2017
Two major Scottish airports have achieved their strongest April passenger totals on record, new figures reveal.
12 May 2017
The carbon emissions of EasyJet flights have been cut to their lowest level on record, the budget airline has reported.
11 May 2017
Holidaymakers faced long queues and delays at Stansted Airport on Tuesday (May 9), due to a fault with the site's security scanners.
10 May 2017
Workers have been encouraged to find out about their full entitlement to holidays, with many thought to be missing out on paid leave.
09 May 2017
Holidaymakers have been urged to stay vigilant against potential scams.
06 May 2017
Researchers in the US are recommending that anyone experiencing the symptoms of so-called 'noisy knees' should have them checked out, as they may be an early sign of osteoarthritis.
05 May 2017
Excessive drinking among baby-boomers could pose health risks further down the line, experts have warned.