Pack Your #Travel Bags to Explore, Exchange, Learn or Relax?

Photo Credit: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch

The UN World Tourism Barometer reported promising news of a four percent (4%) increase in the number of tourists — 810 million — in 2015’s first eight months.  Whether traveling on an eco-tour at the Northeast Greenland National Park, a wildlife picture-taking safari in Africa,  just relaxing on a romantic getaway island in the Pacific ,  or exploring one of the US National Parks this is good news.

Strong currency fluctuations have been a factor in country breakdowns.  “Robust” European travel was a trend-setter and accounted for the most traveled regional destination at 5 percent.  4 percent growth was reported in Asia, the Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East, with estimates decreasing in North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.



According to the UN World Tourism Organization report (UNWTO) , “China continues to report double-digit growth in outbound travel, benefiting Japan, Thailand, the United States and various European destinations, it said, while among the other emerging markets, India, South Africa and Egypt reported double-digit growth in tourism expenditure.” For more county  information, see: “Global Tourism Grew More than 4% this Year, UN Tourism Barometer Shows.”

Sustainability in growth for international tourism is the key that bridges greater cultural understanding fostering fresh ideas for new job creation, trade and investment opportunities, and infrastructure development for an  inclusive economic growth.

For more stories, see:  “Could #Tourism Lift #Palestine Economy & Peace?“,  “China’s Paw Print on Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo,”  and ” Tourism Promotes Global Economy, Culture Exchange & Peace?





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