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People continue to flock overseas, UNWTO says

Travellers around the world have made a mockery of the global economic downturn in the past few years.

Despite the fact that money is tight for a lot of people, it seems that tourists are still keen to take an exotic overseas holiday.

New figures published by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) have indicated that the amount of money being spent by travellers during a trip abroad has reached record levels.

In 2010, $928 billion (£576 billion) was spent by visitors in different parts of the world, but this grew to $1 trillion last year - a rise of 3.8 per cent.

The number of people taking adventure holidays has certainly pleased UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai, who said the findings were "encouraging".

He remarked: "The past two years have shown healthy demand for international tourism out of many markets, even though economic recovery has been uneven."

Europe proved to be particularly popular, with places like Turkey receiving huge numbers of visitors in the last two years.