are expected to increase by 3% to 4%, reaching the historic one billion
mark by the end of the year. Emerging economies will regain the lead
with stronger growth in Asia and the Pacific and Africa (4% to 6%),
followed by the Americas and Europe (2% to 4%). The Middle East (0% to +5%) is forecast to start to recover part of its losses from 2011.
prospects are confirmed by the UNWTO Confidence Index. The 400 UNWTO
Panel of Experts from around the globe, expects the tourism sector to
perform positively in 2012, though somewhat weaker than last year.