International tourist arrivals grew by 4.4 percent to 1,184 million in 2015, according to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, March 2016. The performance to a large extent is attributed to strong exchange rate fluctuations, the drop in oil prices and other commodities which increased disposable income in importing countries. Looking at international tourist arrivals by region, Europe, the Americas and Asia and the Pacific recorded growth of 4.9 percent, 5.0 percent and 5.0 percent, respectively in 2015. International tourist arrivals to the Middle East increased by 2.9 percent while Africa registered a fall of about 2.9 percent, mostly due to weak results in North Africa, which accounts for over one third of arrivals in the region.

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