TOURISM TRENDS

Tourism is a rapidly growing industry and has far-reaching economic and environmental impact across the world.

The growth of tourism

In 2010, 940 million people were recorded as arriving in a country from abroad because of tourism. This is worth $919 billion dollars, making tourism one of the world’s largest industries. (Source: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO))

A graph to show growth in tourism

Growth in tourism measured by international arrivals

 

Tourism is also one of the world’s fastest-growing industries. In 2010, the Middle East and Asia had the greatest growth of tourists. Europe still has the greatest number of tourists – nearly 500 million in 2010.

International Tourist Arrivals (in millions)

  1990 1995 2000 2005 2008 2009 2010
Europe 261.5 304.1 385.6 439.4 485.2 461.5 476.6
Asia and the pacific 55.8 82.0 110.1 153.6 184.1 180.9 203.8
Americas 92.8 109.0 128.2 133.3 147.8 140.6 149.8
Africa 14.8 18.9 26.5 35.4 44.4 46.0 49.5
Middle east 9.6 13.7 24.1 36.3 55.2 52.9 60.3

Tourism market growth in 2010 (compared to 2009)

  % change
Europe 3.3%
Asia and the pacific 12.7%
Americas 6.4%
Africa 7.3%
Middle east 14.1%

The tourism industry therefore is very important to economic growth as well as the environment.

Tourism can help a country’s economy and infrastructure. For example it provides jobs. Some countries such as the Caribbean have tourism as their main source of income.

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