Tourism is a rapidly growing industry and has far-reaching economic and environmental impact across the world.
In 2010, 940 million people were recorded as arriving in a country from abroad because of tourism. This is worth $919 billion dollars, making tourism one of the world's largest industries. (source: World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
The graph shows the growth in tourism measured by international arrivals.
Tourism is also one of the world's fastest-growing industries. In 2010, the Middle East and Asia had the greatest growth of tourists. Europe still attracts the largest number of tourists - nearly 500 million in 2010.
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The tourism industry, therefore, is very important to economic growth as well as the environment.
Tourism can help a country's economy and infrastructure. For example, it provides jobs. Some countries such as the Caribbean have tourism as their main source of income.
Study the tables above.
Describe, in detail, the pattern of international tourist arrivals.