Record number of tourists cross national borders this year
Posted on Wednesday 02 May 2012
The dynamics of international travel are quickly changing. Only a few decades ago, the vast majority of individuals across the globe did not leave their home country due to transportation and financial constraints of the times. However, technology and a travel-savvy demographic is allowing more travellers to cross borders and see new sights that are far away while not breaking the bank or experiencing any risky transportation situations.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) recently released statistics on global travel and how trends have changed over the years. For instance, in 1950 about 25 million individuals left their country to take holidays, do business or visit family. This year, experts say the numbers will reach more than one billion, which is 4 per cent higher than in 2011. Numbers are slated to rise even more in upcoming decades to 1.4 billion in eight years and 1.8 billion by 2030.
This massive number of travellers does not include those who take day trips out of the country and others who may take cruise ships to new locales, so the overall statistics could be even higher.
"It is quite iconic when you realise one billion people crossed borders,'' said Carlos Vogeler, regional director for the WTO. "It shows from a sociological point of view how things have changed. If you go back 20-30 years, many people would die without travelling more than 100 miles from home.''
Officials from the WTO say that this is a monumental occasion and hope to plan a global celebration when the projected one billionth individual travels outside their country.
Although these travellers are venturing to destinations worldwide, some of the most visited countries include the U.S., France and China. Popular locales may change in the future, but the amount of people heading to new places is unlikely to slow down as the population continues to rise and more people have access to transportation that quickly brings them across borders.
Indian travellers who want to join the millions of individuals enjoying international holidays can do so easily as technology and connectivity is more efficient than ever before. Many tourists planning their luxury travel excursions or short breaks do so though online booking methods that allow for even more opportunities to take dream holidays.
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