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5 Facts: Global Jet Set

Since the mid-20th century, the number of international tourists has grown rapidly.

Takeaways


  • In 1950, there were about 25 million international tourists – in 2013 there were 1.09 billion.
  • The number is expected to rise to 1.8 billion by 2030, or about 20% of the global population.

1. In 1950, there were about 25 million international tourists (as measured by the number of international tourist arrivals).

2. That was equal to about 1% of the 2.5 billion world population at the time.

3. By 1980, the number of international tourists had jumped to 278 million, more than ten times the number in 1950 – and equal to 6% of the 4.4 billion world population in 1980.

4. In 2013, there were 1.09 billion international tourists – equal to 15% of the 7.2 billion world population.

5. The number is expected to rise to 1.8 billion by 2030, or about 20% of the then-8.8 billion world population.

Source: World Tourism Organization, Tourism Highlights (2014 Edition)

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