If you noticed enormous line ups at the airport, it’s because tourism has soared to new heights and we are all part of it.
With a record 467 million tourists travelling in the first half of 2012, international tourism remains set to reach one billion tourists by the end of the year says the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Despite concerns over the global economy, international tourism demand continues to show resilience. The number of international tourists worldwide grew by 5% between January and June 2012 compared to the same period of 2011 (22 million more).
Although a slight slowdown in growth can be expected for the rest of the year, international arrivals are forecast to exceed one billion by the end of 2012.