Matters of Scale - Travels and Tribulations

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Number of international tourist visits in 1950
25 million
Number of visits in 2000
698 million
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Amount of money U.S. financier Dennis Tito paid per day to be shuttled by the Russians to the international space station as the first "space tourist"
$2.5 million
Average amount of money spent per day by each of the 467,000 tourists who each year visit the Maldives, where tourism accounts for 81 percent of the country's GDP
$2
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Projected number of tourists expected to visit France in 2020 (France is currently the top international tourist destination with 75.5 million visits in 2000)
106 million
Projected number of tourists expected to visit China in 2020 (China, which will soon be the top international tourist destination, saw 31.2 million tourists in 2000)
130 million
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Number of international tourist trips expected in 2020
more than 1.56 billion
Projected growth in the human population in that time
1.5 billion
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Number of permanent residents living in the U.S. state of Hawaii in 1999
1.2 million
Number of visitors who traveled to Hawaii in 1999
6.7 million
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Average amount an international tourist spent per day in 1998 while visiting Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos
$90
Average daily income per person in Laos in 1999
$4
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Sources: World Tourism Organization, Tourism Market Trends: World Overview & Tourism Topics 2001 (Madrid: World Tourism Organization, 2001); Peter Baker, "Tito Plans to Promote Space Tourism," Washington Post, 9 May 2001; Maldives data: Worldwatch estimate based on GDP in Human Development Report 2001 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001) and international tourism receipts and arrivals in World Overview & Tourism Topics 2001; projection 2020 for France and China: "Tourism: China To Become World's Top Destination," UN Wire, 11 October 1999; U.N. Population Division, Demographic Indicators 1950?2050, 1998 revision; www.census.gov; www.hawaii.gov/tourism; 1998 Statistical Report on Tourism in Laos, National Tourism Authority of Lao PDR (1998). UNDP Human Development Report, 2001. Compiled by Uta Saoshiro and Leanne Mitchell.