International tourism to reach record 1 billion travelers in 2012

Dec 08 2012, 10:13 IST
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A record 1 billion people will travel across an international border as a tourist in 2012, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council. (Reuters) A record 1 billion people will travel across an international border as a tourist in 2012, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council. (Reuters)
SummaryThat means that one in seven people on the planet will participate in world traveling this year.

middle class, whetting their desire to use their new wealth to travel.

The number of people traveling internationally from China, for instance, has jumped from 58 million in 2010 to 72 million this year, Scowsill said.

Another factor is the perception that the world is a more peaceful place, even though many regional conflicts continue, said David Cortright, director of policy studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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