The numbers are coming in, 2103 has arrived and 2012 was officially the best year for travel globally in history. With a record of close to 1 trillion people traveling globally for vacations and business, tourism is and continues to be one of the most important parts of economies around the world.
The UNWTO or the World Tourism Organization has been recording and tracking travel and tourism numbers for over 30 years. Established in 1974, the World Tourism Organization is part of the United Nations and is responsible for monitoring travel and tourism trends around the world. Encouraging the global code of ethics, it is committed to promoting comparative and sustainable tourism in over 100 countries worldwide.
It was recently announced that based on current trends, 1 trillion people were expected to travel globally in 2012. With the number is for the months previous, over 900 million had already been recorded as of December of 2012. According to the numbers, the most visited cities in recent years included the cities of London, Paris and New York City as the top three. Other popular cities for tourists around the world included Antalya Turkey, Singapore City, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
Just the Facts
Trends from 2011 showed that tourism continued to be on the rise with international tourists growing almost 5% to 983 million, up from 940 million in 2010. Europe was the fastest growing sect in 2011 however, trends show that in 2012, the US was showing more growth. Most areas showed at least minor growth in 2012 despite declines in some areas in 2011 and according to the stats, the estimated international tourism receipts were at record highs despite a faltering economy in 2011 with an expected increase in 2012.
The long term trends continue to show signs of continued growth as well as over the past 60 years, tourism has grown uncontrollably and is one of the fastest growing and largest sources of income generated worldwide. In fact, today, new destinations continue to be added as popular destinations with seemingly little impact on already popular destinations. Despite minor setbacks at certain times in history, since 1980, tourism has continued to grow from just over 270 million to an expected 1 trillion in 2012.
The world is amazing and the sky appears to be the limit when it comes to travel around the world. The Capitol Travel Company Inc invites all travelers to spend time learning more about travel, tourism and destinations around the globe.
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