European tourist numbers fell in 2011, others rose

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The tourist industry saw a slight decline in visitors in 2011, final year-end figures show, to 35.5 million overnight stays.

Overall the drop was 2 percent. Decreases were seen only with European tourists, down 7 percent, in terms of overnight stays. The Americas are treated together statistically and while visitors from the US were down by 14,000 overnight stays, Brazilian visitors’ stays rose by 16,000, thus contributing to a rise from the region.

Chinese visitors were up 47 percent, with 191,000 more overnight stays and Indians spend 68,000 more nights in Switzerland.