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Middle East’s tourism growth in 2012 understandably stagnant

Excerpt from http://www.hoteliermiddleeast.com/14745-middle-east-lags-world-in-2012-tourism-growth/

Jul 17, 2012 11:17 am

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The Arab Spring effect means increased attention to these countries, but less tourism short term, though higher longer term growth prospects as economies open up.

— Rafat Ali

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The Middle East saw a one percent increase in international tourist arrivals in the first four months of 2012 compared to the same period last year, according to UNWTO numbers, and lagged global growth of five percent. The region lost five million tourists last year due to the impact of the Arab Spring.

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