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Global tourist figures leap

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International tourist arrivals grew faster than expected in the first half of this year in what the United Nations' World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said was a sign that travelling is now part of consumer patterns. 

Global arrivals grew 5% over the same period last year, above the 3-4% projected early this year and surpassing the annual 3.8% growth forecast in UNWTO's Tourism Towards 2030 outlook.

Destinations around the world welcomed an estimated 494 million overnight visitors in the first six months, up 25 million, according to data just released by UNWTO.

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