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Tourism trends


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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)

Asia and the pacific55.882.0110.1153.6184.1180.9203.8
Middle east9.613.724.136.355.252.960.3

Tourism market growth in 2010 (compared to 2009)

% change
Asia and the pacific12.7%
Middle east14.1%

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

Tourism can help a country's economy and infrastructure [infrastructure: The basic structures needed for an area to function, for example roads and communications. ]. For example it provides jobs. Some countries such as the Caribbean have tourism as their main source of income.


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