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UNWTO: Travel barriers are 'choking' the tourism industry.
Wednesday, 5th March 2014
Source : Louise Osborne ~ Exclusive from ITB 2014

Despite growth in the tourism sector in 2013, with the number of international tourist arrivals increasing 5% to 1,087 million, the general secretary of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said there are still barriers 'choking' the industry.

4Hoteliers Image LibrarySpeaking at a press conference in the run up to ITB Berlin Tuesday, Taleb Rifai (Photo: middle) said traveling to another country was often complicated by the need for visas.

"Sixty-six percent of the population need prior approval to travel from one destination to another," he told journalists.

"Five years ago it was around 75 percent so it is better now but a lot still needs to be done. Moving from one destination to another is still challenging.

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