Croatia/Turkey growth picked up in WTO 2002 stats

2003-01-28

The World Tourism Organisation has revealed that the number of international arrivals in 2002 was nearly 715m, a 3.1% improvement on 2001. The World Tourism Organisation has revealed that the number of international arrivals in 2002 was nearly 715m, a 3.1% improvement on 2001. France remained the world''s most popular destination for international travellers, with an estimated 76.7m visitors, a 2% growth on 2001. The UK saw visitor numbers increase 3.1%.Other European hotspots include Turkey, which saw 13.6% more international arrivals, Croatia (6.1%) and Bulgaria (7.8%).However Poland saw a 5.3% drop, Czechoslovakia was 5% down with Portugal recording 3.5% fewer visitors.The figures do not reflect domestic or internal travel, which has risen dramatically because of Sept. 11, especially in the United States. Also, it is not known yet how much revenue was generated by international travellers.