International tourist arrivals grew by 4.4% in 2015 to reach a total of 1184 million in 2015, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 50 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled to international destinations around the world last year as compared to 2014.2015 marks the sixth consecutive year of above-average growth, with international arrivals increasing by four percent or more.“International tourism reached new heights in 2015. The robust performance of the sector is contributing to economic growth and job creation in many parts of the world. It is thus critical for countries to promote policies that foster the continued growth of tourism, including travel facilitation, human resources development and sustainability,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.Results from the UNWTO Confidence Index remain largely positive for 2016, though at a slightly lower level as compared to the previous two years. Based on the current trend and outlook, UNWTO projects international tourist arrivals to grow by four percent worldwide in 2016.By region, growth is expected to be stronger in Asia and the Pacific and the Americas, followed by Europe. The projections for Africa and the Middle East are positive, though with a larger degree of uncertainty and volatility.