It appears that despite a continually rising cost for travel to destinations around the globe, people are still traveling and in fact, traveling more. Reports have shown that over the past few years, travel has continued to rise and as of last December, the number rose to a staggering over 1 billion international tourists. The latest reports offered by the World Tourism Organization is that it is going to continue to do just this.
The number around the world are staggering but includes figures such as that roughly one in ever 11 jobs around the world is travel or tourism related, and that trillions of dollars are made each year in countries around the world thanks to tourists. According to many experts, tourism will be one of the most stable and sustainable forms of money to the economy of countries around the world. Even destinations with otherwise struggling economies continue to see a rise in tourism today.
From the WEF, the facts about travel and the expected future of travel include the following:
This is a sample of some of the past estimated numbers taken from the report generated by the WEF.
Australia – T&T industry GDP (US$ millions) – 36,071.2
Canada – T&T industry GDP (US$ millions) – 18,897.0
Costa Rica – T&T industry GDP (US$ millions) – 2,079.3
France – T&T industry GDP (US$ millions) – 103,442.0
Japan – T&T industry GDP (US$ millions) – 128,917.0
US – T&T industry GDP (US$ millions) – 439,078.0
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