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International tourist arrivals grew by a remarkable seven percent in 2017 to reach a total of 1.3 million, according to the latest World Tourism Organization’s Barometre.

This strong momentum is expected to continue this year at a rate of four to five percent.

The seven percent increase, bsed on data reported by destinations around the world, is well above the sustained and consistent trend of four percent or higher growth since 2010 and represents the strongest results in seven years.

Led by Mediterranean destinations, Europe recorded extraordinary results for such a large and rather mature region, with eight percent more international arrivals than in 2016. Africa consolidated its 2016 rebound with an eight percent increase.