In 2012 number of tourists who crossed international borders in a single year increased 1 billion, breaking a record.
The figures are given in World Tourism Organisation annual survey unveiled yesterday.
According to this United Nations agency, the number of people who traveled abroad in a whole world grew by 4% from the previous year.
The nominal 1-billionth tourist was greeted in Madrid where UNWTO is based.
UNWTO predicts in 2013 number of tourists will rise from 3% to 4%.
Increasing of nation tourist arrivals from 1950s,
according to UNWTO website:
1950 – 25 m
1970 – 166 m
1990 – 435 m
2012 – 1 billion