Sunday, January 6, 2013

One Billion Travelers

We read that flights are crowded, travel is increasingly stressful and complicated.  We search for travel tips to reduce the stress.  You’d think people might reduce their travel to avoid the bother.  But that’s not happening. 

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) 2012 was a record year for tourism.  One billion people (about 15% of the worlds population) traveled across borders, left their home country and went to another one accounting for 6% of world trade.   While most of the travel was for pleasure, 15% of these travelers went for business.  For more details see the UNWTO website: 

When the UNWTO asked the public to submit their tips for travel the top two recommendations were:  Shop Local and Respect Local Culture (learn some of the local history and language).    A billion people represent a billion opportunities for people to connect.  As we plan our trips for 2013 I wonder, what will we discover and will we set a new record?

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