TOURISMInternational tourismInternational tourism is increasing in terms of revenue generated and number of travellers. By 2020, more than 1.6 billion international tourists will spend US$2.1 trillion every year. Europe remains the most popular destination, but its share will drop due to Asia-Pacific and Middle East capturing more of the market.Domestic tourismThe average spending of domestic travellers are increasing. In some countries like China, domestic tourism has increased in terms of proportion of travellers and tourism revenue. The trend in some countries like Australia, has been one of fewer domestic trips, lower proportions of income spent on domestic tourism activities and a declining appeal of domestic travel.Evolution of mass tourism to niche tourismIn the past 20 years, more specialised types of tourism have become increasingly popular. An important factor seems to be a general re-assessment of work-life balance. An increasing number of people are determined not to let work dominate their lives. One result of this has been the development of niche tourism. One in every twelve package holidays booked in early 2009 was for a cruise.Reasons for the growth of global tourismDevelopments in technologyThe development of technology is one of the most important factors that have affected global tourism in the last 50 years. As technology has developed, the opportunities for tourism around the world have expanded dramatically. It has allowed the transport of l ...
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