This is pretty amazing. Stats from the first half of this year, brought to you by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, project that the world will see more than a billion international tourists in 2012. This would be the first time ever the total tourists surpassed a billion.
Between January and June of this year, 467 million tourists traveled the world. That’s a lot of tourists. Not surprisingly, the summer months of July and August are the busiest travel time, so they expect that by the year’s end there will have been more than a billion people traveling internationally.
Last year, there were 982 million total international tourists. That’s also a lot of tourists. The most visited country was France, with 79.5 million visitors. Europe, in general, was the most visited region.
Tourism is increasing across the board, all over the world. This is a great thing. I love to travel. Travel has been, and will continue to be, an important part of my life (I wouldn't write this blog otherwise). And beyond my own feelings about it, the fact that travel is increasing worldwide is a good thing for the world. The more people travel, the more they'll understand each other, and the more people understand each other, the better everyone will get along.
A billion people seems like a good start.
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