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MENA Tourism Consolidates Recovery

International tourism in MENA region showed clear signs of recovery in 2017 with growths of five percent in the Middle East and 13 percent in North Africa, according to the latest World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) International Tourism Barometer.

Tourism ministers, the Spanish authorities and private sector representatives during FITUR attended a ministerial round table on tourism development in the MENA region focusing on the region’s current trends and short term prospects and policies and strategies for consolidating recovery and stepping up tourism’s contribution to inclusive and sustainable socioeconomic development.

Opening the event, Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary general, UNWTO, commented, “[…] There are many reasons for optimism and I come into this meeting full of confidence for the region’s future. UNWTO forecasts point to MENA receiving 195 million international tourists by 2030.”