Everyday our planet seems to be getting smaller as we make advances in technology. We are globalizing, which means that tourism is becoming increasingly important. Tourism is not only defined as recreational or for leisure purposes but business purposes are also accounted for. People have many reasons and motivations to move around, that’s where travel tips and vacation rentals come in handy.
The actual definition of a tourist from the World Tourism Organization is persons who “travel to and stay in places outside their usual environment for more than twenty-four (24) hours and not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes not related to the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited.”
So what are the latest tourism trends?
Well, 2008 provided for 922 million international tourist arrivals (growth of 1.9% compared to 2007). Also in 2008, International tourism receipts grew to US$ 944 billion at about the same rate (1.8% from 2007). Those signs of growth have not been strong enough, however, to counteract the effects of the global recession.
The first four months of 2009 saw a decrease of international tourist arrivals of 8%. The outbreak of the Swine flu has also has some effect on slowing down tourism. Despite some bumps in the road, the World tourism organization is predicting growth at an average annual rate of 4%. In 25 years, who knows, maybe space tourism will start becoming a reality.