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Thursday, December 21, 2017 - Dubai

Middle East Destinations Make Steady Climb Back on Tourist Numbers

Despite unceasing pressure, governments did not let their focus slip

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Attacks on regional tourist destinations, while frightening, have been happening with less ferocity in the past year. As we close out 2017, the industry in the Middle East and North Africa has something to be thankful, for tourists are returning in big numbers.

“The fact that destinations such as Egypt, Tunisia or Turkey have seen tourism come back with double-digit growth and the 5 per cent growth in international tourist arrivals to the Middle East so far this year reflect the recovery and resilience of these mature destinations,” said Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UNWTO, as he closes out his final term in that role at the end of the month.

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