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Travel and Tourism Industry Optimistic for Growth

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Travel and Tourism Industry Optimistic for Growth

March 5th, 2011 | Travel News

By Chris Bradley

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) have announced that they expect the tourism industry to be one of the sectors to grow the fastest. They based this comment on Economic Impact Research which predicted trends for 2011 – 2021.

It showed that tourism could be a great way to spur on economic growth in the world but the WTTC  president explained that this would need to be supported by governments. He went on to explain that to make full use of the market out there the policy makers would need to make sure they encouraged visitors in to their country.

It is felt that this growth will be started in countries such as China and India where living standards are improving making these countries enter the tourism market. Economic problems may cause difficulties in the tourist trade but if responsibly handled by the government it could really help to support and push this growing area. Doing things like reducing barriers for travel, such as better visa systems less tax on the travel industry and good security measures could really help things.

Last year saw an increase in the contribution of tourism as a percentage of GDP and it is predicted to grow even more this year. Worldwide this impact could potentially be worth 1.8 trillion US dollars and could employ 99 million people. This only the direct impact including the indirect effects as well could increase this three fold. Making the prediction that one in ten people will therefore be employed in the tourist sector by 2021.

PAII’s “A Better Way to Stay” Campaign

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

This link will give you all the information you need to know about how PAII is promoting the B&B industry worldwide.

http://support.betterwaytostay.com/

Social Media Statistics

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Social Media Statistics

There are various statistics that account for social media usage and effectiveness for individuals worldwide. Some of the most recent statistics are as follows (via Wikipedia)

* Social networking now accounts for 22% of all time spent online in the U.S.
* A total of 234 million people age 13 and older in the U.S. used mobile devices in December 2009.
* Twitter processed more than one billion tweets in December 2009 and averages almost 40 million tweets per day.
* More than 25% of U.S. internet page views occurred at one of the top social networking sites in December 2009, up from 13.8% a year before.
* Australia has some of the highest social media usage statistics in the world. In terms of Facebook use, Australia ranks highest with almost 9 hours per month from more than 9 million users.
* The number of social media users age 65 and older grew 100 percent throughout 2010, so that one in four people in that age group are now part of a social networking site



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