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Tourism for a Sustainable Economic Future 

 I just returned from a wonderful vacation with 3 generations of my family at the Royal Sea Cliff Resort in Kailua-Kona Hawaii. Recreation, relaxation and exploring new vistas are part of the joys of travel. Just consider this.  Those who are able to afford and enjoy travel can help those who need an economic uplift through the travel. How does this work? According to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), China has become the largest spender in international tourism globally in 2012.  The volume of international trips by Chinese travelers has grown from 10 million in 2000 to 83 million in 2012.  Their expenditures abroad has also climbed rapidly, increasing by 40 per cent from 2011 to 2012.  Russia is the other travel market that has seen an increase of 32 percent, spending $43 billion in 2012, which brought it from seventh to fifth place in the international tourism spending ranks.  Emerging nations, like Brazil, have moved up in travel rankings from 29 to 12. So we can see that those nations with dwindling economies might still have a economic value as a vacation go-to spot for these new international vacationers. Here are the top 2012 international tourism spenders*:             
RANK                        EXPENDITURES              MARKET SHARE % 
1.     China                $102 billion USD                        9.5            
2.     Germany           $83.8 billion USD                       7.8 
3.     USA                  $83.7 billion USD                       7.8 
4.     United Kingdom $52.3 billion USD                       4.9 
5.     Russian Fed       $42.9 billion USD                       4.0 
6.     France              $38.1 billion USD                       3.5 
7.     Canada             $35.2 billion USD                       3.3                                    
8.     Japan               $28.1 billion USD                       2.6 
9.     Australia           $27.6 billion USD                       2.6 
10.   Italy                 $26.2 billion USD                        2.4            
11.   Singapore         $22.4 billion USD                        2.1 
12.   Brazil               $22.2 billion USD                        2.1 
13.   Belgium           $21.7 billion USD                        2.0 
14.  Hong Kong        $20.5 billion USD                        1.9 
15.  Netherlands      $20.2 billion USD                        1.9   

 *Data collected by UNWTO April 2013   

The World Tourism Organization is one of many UN agencies providing up-to-date, authoritative data that can help businesses, to plan strategically for the future. UNESCO and other UN agencies also provide critical technical and scientific information and projections to benefit all. You can support the UN by joining UNAUSA.org.

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