World Travel - Asia-Pacific destinations enjoying fastest growth

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In 2013 the total number of toursits surged by 5% to nearly 1.1 billion, a United Nations World Tourism Organization said on Jan 20th, 2014.

"The tourism sector has shown a remarkable capacity to adjust to the changing market conditions, fuelling growth and job creation around the world, despite the lingering economic and geopolitical challenges," said the UN body's secretary general, Taleb Rifai.

International tourist arrivals rose at the fastest rate in the Asia-Pacific region, where numbers were up by six percent to 248 million, it said. Southeast Asia performed best, with arrivals up 10 percent.

Among countries of origin, our neighbors to the East, Chinese tourists -- lead the way with expenditure of $102 billion in 2012 -- pushed up total spending by 28 percent in the first nine months of 2013, the UN body said.

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