The Evolution of Tourist Destinations Around the World

Michele Debczak
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Traveling for fun isn’t a new phenomenon, but modern technology has certainly helped the tourism industry. In the past 20 years, the number of global inbound tourists has more than doubled from 540 million to 1.1 billion. Of course, not all countries have benefited from this growth equally. Places in Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East have seen the largest tourism gains, thanks to factors like relaxed restrictions and greater airplane accessibility. Meanwhile, perennial hotspots that have been drawing in tourists for decades, like France, Italy, and the U.S., are struggling to match the growth rates found in the rest of the world.

To see how countries are competing for tourism dollars, check out the infographic below from Chicago Line Cruises.

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