International Tourism Breaks Records
By October over 970 million people had spent at least one night abroad in 2014, an astonishing 45 million more than the same period in 2013. Unofficial figures suggest that 2014 ended at over 1 billion people travelling abroad – an all-time high.
This is great news for the travel industry, which has shown steady and continual growth over the past 60 years. For example, in 1950 just 25 million people travelled abroad, rising to nearly 280 million in 1980, and nearly 530 million in 1995.
Breaking visitor figures down, the Americas and the Caribbean saw an 8% increase in visitors last year, with countries in Asia and the Pacific following with 5% growth in tourism, and the Middle East up by 4%. Europe was the most visited region in the world, with a 4% increase on 2013. Interestingly, despite the Ebola outbreak, travel to Africa was also up by 3% in the first 10 months of the year.
Focusing on sub-regions, North America saw a 9% increase, South Asia was up by 8%, North East Asia and Northern/Southern/Mediterranean Europe were all up by 4%.
If you’re thinking about taking a trip, experts are predicting that international tourism figures will reach 1.8 billion by 2030 – so why not take this opportunity to follow the crowd? You could head for a world wind European tour to find out what all the fuss is about, or take a worldwide adventure. Just remember to invest in quality travel insurance to protect you during your next adventure. Visit Holidaysafe.co.uk for more information.
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