All tourism activities of whatever motivation – holidays, business travel, conferences, adventure travel and ecotourism – are giving the industry a big boost.

Today, tourism is one of the world’s fastest developing sectors, with increasing growth forecasted for the coming years. But how can International Standards bring clarity and contribute to this development? 

How can International Standards contribute to this development?

Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or a fun family getaway, the tourism industry is your oyster. Across the globe, people are beginning to rely on travel. They don’t consider it an optional luxury, but rather an essential part of who they are and who they want to become. It seems that everyone, everywhere, is giving the tourism industry a big boost.

Here are just a few figures. Last year alone, 1 235 million travellers crossed international borders in one single year. By 2030, this 1.2 billion will become 1.8 billion, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Tourism Highlights (2017 edition).

Yet while its growth is often widely broadcast – international tourism currently accounts for 30 % of the world’s services exports as well as bringing economic benefits to local communities and encouraging greater global connectivity – the role of International Standards is less likely to be discussed. In fact, with international tourism on the increase, International Standards will be more important than ever. Here’s a look at how the booming industry is unravelling.

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