The global economy may still be teetering but that is not stopping people from traveling abroad.
With a record 467 million tourists traveling internationally in the first six months of the year, the United Nations World Tourism Organization predicts the number will reach 1 billion tourists by the end of the year.
In 2011, the number of tourists traveling outside of their home country reached 990 million. The United Nations World Tourism Organization Secretary-General Taleb Rifai forecast this week during the Global Tourism Economy Forum in Macao that the number would reach 1 billion.
"Amid the current economic uncertainty, tourism is one of the few economic sectors in the world growing strongly," he said.
The number of international tourists worldwide grew by 5% between January and June, compared with the same period in 2011, according to the organization.