Monday, 22 January 2018

l UN study sees an upswing — of 80 million people — in international tourism.

Last year, if you noticed more people cramming their bodies into St. Mark’s Square in Venice or jostling for a ride up the Eiffel Tower, you weren’t suffering from demophobia. There were more people in your personal travel space.

This week, the World Tourism Organization, a United Nations agency, released the preliminary results of its international tourism study for 2017. And? The numbers are up by more than 80 million overnight visitors, for a total of 1.3 billion. That is akin to every citizen in China taking a vacation to Walt Disney World. (For Mickey’s sake, hopefully not at the same time.)

“There has been quite a strong demand for tourism,” said John Kester, the organization’s director of statistics and tourism trends, “especially in Europe.”

By Andrea Sachs.

Full story at Washington Post.

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