An overview of today's tourism industry
There were about 698 million international tourist arrivals worldwide
in 2000, nearly 50 million (7.3%) more arrivals than in 1999 - the
highest growth rate in nearly a decade. All regions in the world
grew, and the fastest developing region continued to be East Asia
and the Pacific with 14.6% growth, and 16% of the total market.
Europe saw an increase of 25 million international tourists (5.9%
growth rate), and had 57.7% of the market share - by far the largest
among the world's regions. The Americas are the second-biggest region,
with 18.5% of arrivals.
International tourist receipts grew by 5%, totaling US$ 478 billion
in 2000, with an additional US$ 97 billion from international transport
carriers earned outside the country of origin. Receipts per arrival
averaged US$ 700 in 1999.
Air transport increased its share against road in international
holidays; together these two account for 85% of all international
trips. Rail and sea transport remain below 8% each.