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South Asia among top tourist destinations

Last updated on: August 31, 2012 08:42 IST

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In 2011, travel and tourism generated $2 trillion globally - 2.8 per cent of the global GDP, which puts the industry ahead of such global forces as automotive manufacturing, according to a report released by the World Travel and Tourism Council.

Let's see which regions attracted the most tourists in the world.

Source: CNN Money

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Image: Tourists walk out of Old Town in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Photographs: Antonio Bronic/Reuters

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South East Asia

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): 10 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 6 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 5 per cent

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Image: Tourists ask a 'tuk tuk' taxi driver for directions along Khao San Road in Bangkok.
Photographs: Sukree Sukplang/Reuters
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South Asia

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): 8 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 3 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 6 per cent

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Image: A French tourist walks past Buddhist religious flags at Namgyal Tsemo Gompa monastery in Leh.
Photographs: Fayaz Kabli/Reuters
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South America

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): 10 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 6 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 3 per cent

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Image: A man dressed as a friar jumps from a 10 metre (33ft) cliff in Lima, Peru.
Photographs: Pilar Olivares/Reuters

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Central/Eastern Europe

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): 8 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 4 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 2 per cent

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Image: A family of Italian tourists walks their dogs in Croatia's northern Adriatic city of Pula, 270km south-west of Zagreb.
Photographs: Nikola Solic/Reuters
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Southern Europe/Mediterranean

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): 8 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 4 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 2 per cent

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Image: A man walks in front of a cafe at Plaka tourist district in Athens.
Photographs: John Kolesidis/Reuters
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Northern Europe

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): 8 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 4 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 2 per cent

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Image: Tourists take part in the reindeer safari at Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, northern Finland.
Photographs: Kacper Pempel/Reuters
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Western Europe

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): 5 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 4 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 2 per cent

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Image: Toursits walk past the Orsay Museum in Paris.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters
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North East Asia

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): 5 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 3 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 3 per cent

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Image: A tourist poses in front of a statue of Bruce Lee on the Avenue of Stars along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong.
Photographs: Woody Wu/Reuters

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North America

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): 5 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 5 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 6 per cent

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Image: Two police officers walk amongst passing tourists in Times Square during a warm winter day in New York.
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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Oceania

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): -3 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 3 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 5 per cent

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Image: Two women walk past a work by artists Bellotti and Rosewell, which is part of 'Sculpture by the Sea', near Bondi Beach, Sydney.
Photographs: Tim Wimborne/Reuters

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Carribbean

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): 7 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 5 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 4 per cent

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Image: A tourist sits on Havana's seafront boulevard El Malecon, Cuba.
Photographs: Desmond Boylan/Reuters

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North Africa

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): -4 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 6 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 6 per cent

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Image: Tourists take pictures at the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo.
Photographs: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

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Middle East

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): -4 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 5 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): -3 per cent

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Image: People shop at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai.
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Sub-Saharan Africa

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): 4 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 3 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): -4 per cent

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Image: A lioness plays with her cub at the Lions Park near Johannesburg.
Photographs: Radu Sigheti/Reuters

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Central America

Growth in international tourists (2010-2011): 5 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 5 per cent

Contribution to GDP (2011): 2 per cent


Image: Hot air balloons float above the Pyramid of the Sun of Teotihuacan outside Mexico City.
Photographs: Henry Romero/Reuters

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