A History of Tourism in the World
The tourism industry has developed to become the largest industry in the world, employing about 10 percent of the world workforce, and it is still growing. Here are a few statistics to prove its worldwide development:
1985: 329,000,000 tourist arrivals
1995: 567,000,000 tourist arrivals An increase of 72 percent
1997: 613,000,000 tourist arrivals An increase of 08 percent
Why has tourism grown so much so fast, you may wonder. Here are the reasons:
- World Population Bloom
- The world population has grown by 2 billion people since 1975 to 1999, where it reached the approximate mark of 6 billion. Hence, there should be a consequent increase in tourists.
- Rising Affluence
- Most countries around the world are gathering more money, and as such, their citizens are also harvesting a greater income. Thus, more people in today’s world can afford to travel.
- More Education
- More and more people are becoming literate today. This not only means a better world, but also more tourists. After reading about a certain place, people may wish to see it with their own eyes, and as such, they will be willing to spend a bit of money to get there. Education makes people more and more curious, and this in turn heightens their wants to see the world for themselves.
- In cospomolitan cities, the competitive and constantly dynamic environment can stress its citizens. They then look to traveling overseas, so that they can relieve themselves of their daily stress and revitalize their energy.
- Advancements in Technology
- Technology allows for more convenient traveling. For example, aeroplanes of today can move much faster, hold more people, and are more comfortable. As such, more people are daunted by the idea of traveling long journeys.
- Nowadays, tourists only need to log online to research a country they wish to go to, or place reservations for a hotel and many other tasks. Easily available computers and the internet make all of this easy. Just like education, the Internet also stimulates curiosity, so that people are interested in going to a place after reading up about it online.