An impressive number of overseas trips are made every year. 2017 saw 1.32 billion of them! That’s 80 million more than 2016 and a whopping 800 million more than 1990!
There is no doubt the amount of travel and the travel map has changed since 1990, drastically!
Obviously, part of this can be contributed to the fact that there are more people living on the planet today than in 1990, 2.3 billion more! But, there is also no denying that the reduced cost of travel and the shrinking nature of the world are playing a part in how the travel map has changed since 1990.
What might surprise you is that it is no longer the traditional European destinations which are attracting the visitors; Asia, Africa, the Middle East and South America have all become safer and more popular.
Nearly 30 years ago this country saw just 17,000 foreign visitors. Last year this number reached in excess of 5 million!
This is another extremely popular destination. Figures have jumped from 14,000 to nearly 3.5 million!
This has also seen impressive growth. The figure of 21,000 in 1990 has now been replaced in 2017 with 2.9 million!
These are not the only desirable destinations; Vietnam, Iran, the UAE and even South Africa are all tourist hotspots, showing just how the travel map has changed since 1990.
The previous chart-toppers, Hungary, Portugal and Switzerland are still popular but they are outranked by the non-European destinations. Japan, China and Thailand are all on the must-visit list of many people. Even Turkey and Hong Kong are now topping the charts!
It’s important to note that the traditional destinations are still popular; they just have seen the increases that these countries have.
But, there are a few places which have seen a drop in popularity. In many cases, this can be attributed to civil unrest or terrorism.
Egypt, Tunisia and Ukraine are the most notable places. Although they have gained popularity since 1990 they have been declined over the last 5 – 10 years.
This shows how the travel map has changed since 1990 and continues to do so.
You might be surprised to hear that visitors to the United States have also dropped. In the last 2 years, they have dropped by 3.6 million. This is likely to be a short-term reaction to Trump’s policies and style of leadership.
France remains one of the most popular destinations in the world with 90 million visitors in 2017, in fact, they’ve held the top spot most years since 1990; an indication that no matter how the travel map has changed since 1990 some places will always be popular!