The Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, was the only one that showed a decline in tourist numbers this year according to the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

North African countries saw a 13 per cent decline in tourism and the rest of the Middle East faced an 11 per cent decline in numbers since the beginning of 2011. According to UNWTO, results from recent months for Egypt and Tunisia numbers are now slowly improving.

“We are very encouraged to see demand picking up in such important tourism destinations and call for continued support to these countries, which are today fully ready to receive travellers from all over the world,” says Taleb Rifai, secretary-general of UNWTO.