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International tourism to reach record 1 billion travellers in 2012

Published on Dec 7, 2012 6:15 AM
 
A record 1 billion people will travel across an international border as a tourist in 2012, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council. -- ST PHOTO : SEAH KWANG PENG

(REUTERS) - A record 1 billion people will travel across an international border as a tourist in 2012, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council.

That means that one in seven people on the planet will participate in world travelling this year, an activity that just a few decades ago was exclusively for the wealthy. The reasons for the upswing range from prosperity in developing countries like China to a perception of a more peaceful world.

The London-based council, whose members include executives of travel companies, compiles global travel data including international airport traffic and visa records. It calculates that the 1 billionth tourist will cross an international boundary on Dec 13.

"This is an astounding milestone," David Scowsill, president of the council, said in a telephone interview. "There is an inexorable growth in the number of people who want to travel around the world."

 
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