Visitors to Middle East, North Africa will triple by 2030: UN

Tourists relax on the beach at the Bella Vista Hotel in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada on January 9, 2016, the day after the hotel came under attackThe number of international tourists to the Middle East and North Africa will triple to 195 million in 2030 despite concerns over security, the head of the United Nations tourism body said Thursday. The region's tourism sector — a key source of jobs and foreign currency — has repeatedly bounced back after attacks by extremists that frightened off visitors, said Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the UN World Tourism Organisation. "The story of tourism in the Middle East is a story of mixed description.

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