Tuesday, 3 January 2012

100 things…Facts and Stats

General Travel Facts and Statistics
1. Tourism is travel for recreational, leisure or business purpose
2. Tourists are defined as: ‘people who travel to and stay in places outside of their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes’
3. In 2010 there were over 940 million international tourist arrivals worldwide, representing a growth of 6.6% when compared to 2009
4. International tourism receipts grew to US$919 billion – 4.7% increase
5. Tourism contributes to 5% of the worldwide GDP
6. Many countries e.g. France, Greece, UK, Spain rely on tourism to bring in money to the country
7. Top holiday destinations in 2012 were:
· Spain
· France
· UK
· Greece
· Italy
· Turkey
· Egypt
· Croatia
· Thailand
8. Out of one billion holiday trips made by European residents, more than ¾ were within the country of residence.
9. Domestic holiday trips lasted between 1-3 nights
10. Outbound trips lasted 4 nights of more
11. 61% of all trips made from the UK were domestic
12. 41% were short stay trips
13. 20% were long stay trips
14. 39% were trips abroad – 6% short & 33% long stay
15. Top European countries that preferred to take short holiday breaks within their own country in 2010:
· Latvia (73% of all holiday trips)
· Finland (70%)
· Denmark (67%)
· Spain (65%)
· Bulgaria & Portugal (both 64%)
· Greece (47%)
· France (39%)
· Italy and Poland (both 35%)
16. Countries where people travelled abroad the most in 2010:
· Luxembourg (nearly 100% of all holiday trips)
· Belgium (76%)
· Slovenia (56%)
· The Netherlands (53%)
· Austria (50%)
17. When the recession hit countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal had the highest number of holidays made within their own country.
18. Most visited Countries by international tourists arrivals
19. International tourism receipts
20. International tourism expenditures 
21. Most Visited cities by international tourist arrivals
22. Two-thirds of all British people have their holidays in July and August
23. English school children are on holiday from the end of July to the beginning of September
24. Many British people spend much of their free time during the summer months down by the sea.
25. Most children enjoy swimming in the sea and building sandcastles
26. Europe is the most popular destination for UK residents 80% of visits abroad
27. Spain is most popular country to visit since 1994 – 13.8million visits in 2005
28. France was second with 11.1 million visits
29. The number of visits by UK residents to the USA increased by 2 per cent in 2005 to 4.2 million
30. The number of visits abroad made by UK residents has more than tripled since 1985, to a record 66.4 million visits.
31. In 1971 there was 6.7 million holiday trips made abroad
32. In 2005 there as 66.4 million holiday trips made abroad
33. Two-thirds of visits abroad are package holidays
34. 1800-1850 - Ordinary working people only had holidays on ‘holy’ days (Sundays, Christmas, Easter)
35. 1850 – 1900 – Creation of national railway helped people travel. Most holidays were day trips to the seaside
36. 1900 – 1960s – Britain’s started to take short summer holidays for a week. Camping and Caravan holidays became popular, with the purchase of cars increasing.
37. 1970s – Airline industry expanded and tour operators started to offer very cheap package holidays to Spain or ‘last minute’ cheap fares.
38. 1970s saw increase in UK residents taking holidays abroad – package holidays started to boom.
39. 1980s – Skiing holidays became popular and the package industry continued to grow.
40. 1980s-90s – packages to USA became cheaper then trips to British resorts.
41. Between 80-90s majority of UK residents took a holiday abroad
42. 90s – 2007 – A second holiday became possible with more cheaper packages.
43. Holidays to Australia and more exotic locations became popular in the late 90s because they were cheaper.
44. Manchester Airport passenger numbers

45. Busiest routes from Manchester Airport

46. Top 10 domestic routes from Manchester Airport

Backpacking Facts and Statistics
47. Backpacking is used to describe a certain type of holiday
48. Backpacking holidays are low-cost and independent international travel
49. Backpackers often use public transport as there main source of getting around.
50. Characteristics of a backpacker:
- use public transport
- preference of youth hostel
- couch surfing to tradional hotels
- longer trips
- use of a backpack
- interest in meeting locals
51. Backpackers constituted a heterogeneous group with respect to the diversity of rationales and meanings attached to their travel experiences.
52. Backpacking as a lifestyle and as a business has grown considerably in the 2000s
53. With low-cost airlines, hostels and digital communication now readily available, backpacking has increased.
54. The roots of backpacking can be traced, at least partially, to the Hippie trail of the 1960s and 70s, which in turn followed sections of the old Silk Road.
55. Backpackers seek to re-create the famous journey.
56. The most popular places to backpack are cheap and offer many activities, with good weather too.
57. Most popular destinations are:
- Thailand - has a very good reputation for ticking all those boxes and is probably top of the list. Surrounding countries around Thailand have began recently to climb the ladder of backpacker popularity as they are nearby:
- Cambodia
- Vietnam
- Laos
- Australia
- New Zealand - It threatens to offer just as many adrenaline activites but does have stunning scenery and cheaper prices up its sleeve. However, the warmer climate, Barrier Reef, and Ayres Rock are normally enough to bring slightly larger crowds.
- Asia
- Pacific Islands – Cook island, Fiji
58. Cheapest areas for backpacking are usually some of the most popular places too, this is because the cheaper option attracts the backpackers as they can save money
59. Cheaper places to backpack are:
- South East Asia – Backpackers tend to travel between Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos because they are easy to move between.
- New Zealand – If traveling with British pound this is a relativly cheap place to backpack and it offers an enormous amount of things to see and do. Some hostels offer a bed for the night for as little as £7.
60. India is common for beggers
61. Thailand and neighbouring countries don’t have begging
62. Expensive areas to backpack are:
- Japan - not one of the most popular destinations for backpackers because the language barrier is so difficult, it is expensive, and is not realy very well geared up for backpackers. Although it is a beautiful country and very green outside the major cities despite what you may imagine. If you are into temples and shrines, and a whole different way of living you will have a great experience in Japan.
- Australia - does not really follow suit in that it is a very popular backpacker destination that is also quite dear. The hostels in the cities can charge up to £15 a night for a bed which in comparison to neighbouring New Zealand is expensive. Likewise food and drink costs can be high if eating out but cooking for yourself or buying a sandwich from a shop can save you money. This should not deter you from visiting Australia as it is home to the Great Barrier Reef, The Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Ayres Rock and many adrenaline filled activities.
- USA - like Japan is not a big backpacker destination because of the cost, but right now the dollar is weak and it is worth a visit for a foreign traveller. There is an abundance of things to see for anyone with any interest as the country is so diverse. Accommodation could set you back a bit even at the hostels which are still cheaper than in Australia in my opinion, but food is cheap and plentiful. With such large portions you could easily survive on two meals a day.
63. Summers and winters are opposite in the north and southern hemisphere.
64. It is possible to follow the summer sun around the world if you plan it right.
65. Monsoon seasons can never be predicted accurately
66. Factors that determine when to backpack are:
- Time
- Budget
- Desire
- Seasons
67. The majority of people go backpacking when they are young
68. Backpacking is highest for being done during a gap year before university or after graduating
69. Big companies nowadays let employers have time off to go traveling.
70. Most popular for working people between the ages of 23-26
71. When backpacking taking the essentials is all you can carry
72. Most important things to take:
- good pair of shoes
- medical kit
- mosquito repellant
- camera
- waterproof
- locks
- clothes
73. Depending on where you backpack you could need a visa
74. A Visa is a permit which allows you to stay in a country for a designated period of time.
75. Each country decides if you require a visa to enter and stay there.
76. To get a visa you have to apply to the Embassy of Consulate for the destination country.
77. You can now get electronic Visa’s
78. Insurance is a necessity when backpacking
79. Look for the cheapest insurance that gives you the most coverage.
80. For 2months insurance in Europe it would cost between £28-£51
81. For a year insurance in Europe it would cost £147.46
82. For 2months insurance in Australia it would cost between £39-70
83. For a year insurance in Australia it would cost between £138-£176
84. When looking for backpacking insurance you need to be covered for:
- Medical cover
- Possessions
- Trip cancellation
- Travel delay
- Personal liability
- Personal accident
- Luggage delay/loss
85. Average age of a backpacker is 17-35
86. Most backpackers stay in cheap accommodation – hostels, camping
87. Backpackers are normally social types and looking to make new friends.
88. Average backpacker spends double the amount of a average tourist.
89. Backpacking holidays are usually 3 to 4 times longer than an average tourist holiday
90. Majority of backpackers stay out traveling for around a year on average
91. Backpackers are the type of people that look for adventures – they travel off the beaten track.
92. Backpackers take part in extreme sports and adventurous tours e.g. bungee jumping and going into the outback.
93. Most backpackers are confident and make conversation with the locals
94. Majority of backpackers find a job out on their travels if they are staying in one place for a length of time.
95. Backpackers are mixed between males and females. A lot of hostels are unisex in rooms and facilities.
96. Backpacking holidays are very multicultural.
97. Backpackers use travel around different countries to learn new languages and cultures.
98. Many backpackers have a good income at home and use this type of holiday for the nature of lifestyle it has.
99. Backpackers like to join in with everyday things with the locals and get them to see more of their own country.
100. Backpacking holidays/backpackers can affect the lifestyle of a country.
101. A case study shows that UK backpackers in Australia effected the use of alcohol and drugs
102. The use of alcohol and other drugs by UK backpackers visiting Australia was common with use of illicit drugs being substantially higher than in peers of the same age in their home country
103. Individuals showed a significant increase in frequency of alcohol consumption in Australia compared to their behaviour in the UK
104. In some instances alcohol levels had increased by 5+ times per week. 20.7% (UK) & 40.3% (Australia) increase.
105. Drug use was low compared to alcohol but still a increase was seen. (3.0% cannabis, 2.7% ecstasy, 0.7%, methamphetamine)
106. 55% of the sample tested used at least one illicit drug whilst backpacking.
107. Drug users were generally male club goes in Sydney traveling without a partner or spouse, who had been in Australia for over a month.
108. Even though countries like Australia need the tourism to generate money for the country, things like alcohol and drug abuse needs to be stopped.
109. Relationship between number of drug use risk factors individuals display and consumption of illicit drugs in Australia.
110. The main tourists to Australia are young people from Western European countries and North America
111. Many backpackers participate in working holidays which enables them to stay longer
112. Working holiday visas for Australia are available to those aged 18-30.
113. Majority of backpackers stop in one place and work for three or six months, and travel in a hub and spoke pattern - flying to locations for a short break and then going back and getting another job
114. Backpackers now spent more nights in cities.
115. British Backpackers has dropped over 30 % to now being at 18% of backpackers in Australia being British.
116. There is now growth of Asian backpacking, traveling to Korea and Taiwan. This is changeling Australia.
117. Between 2005 and 2010 the market increased by 3.7 million nights in the Asian Market.
118. The French market increased by 1.9 million nights
119. Germany increased by 1.6 million nights more of backpackers
120. The UK declined by 900,000 nights of backpackers spent in the UK.
121. In 2005 Australia made changes to the Visa’s for its country, which showed an increase in the amount of backpackers coming back to the country.
122. In the skiing industry 9 skiers have been caught in avalanches, with 7 fatalities (3 snowmobilers, 1 skier, 1 snowboarder, 1 ski patrol, 1 climber) 2010-2011 season
123. In the 2009-2010 season 63 skiers were caught in avalanches with 36 fatalities (15 skiers, 3 snowboarders, 16 snowmobilers, 2 climbers, 1 ice climber, 1 caught in a roof avalanche)
124. Avalanches are most often triggered by people using the mountains or by temperature or weather conditions.
125. Avalanches may occur anywhere there is a heavy accumulation of snow.
126. Statistics for this season in British Columbia:
        - 2 snowmobilers involved in incidents – one fatality
        - 3 backcountry skiers involved in incidents (all fatalities)
        - 1 snowmbiler in a group triggered an avalanche and killed
127. The Bureau of Tourism Research in Australia reports that 306 100 international backpackers visited Australia in 1997, with an average length of stay of 66 nights
128. According to the Bureau, backpackers' average expenditure was AUS$3909 in 1997
129. Backpackers are high-yield visitors despite relatively low average daily expenditures due to the fact that they stay for longer periods
130. Backpackers actually stay three times as long as other visitors and spend twice as much.
131. Statistics for South Africa in 1998
        -NUMBER OF BACKPACKERS (NATIONAL): 200 000 per year
        -AVERAGE DAILY EXPENDITURE : 235 per day
        -AVERAGE STAY (DAYS): 25 days
        -TOTAL INVESTED IN SA: 100%
132. Backpackers spread the benefits of tourism to regional and rural areas
133. Backpackers support the informal sector within cities and towns and spend their money over a cross section of the economy
134. There is a direct "cash-in-hand" benefit from backpacker tourism for the disadvantaged communities
135. Backpackers are high-yield visitors despite relatively low average daily expenditure
136. The backpacker tourism industry is involved in training and development from a "grass-root" level.
Adventure Holiday Facts and Statistics
137. According to the World Tourism Organization’’s World Tourism Barometer, international tourist arrivals reached an all-time record of 760 million –– an increase of 10% over 2003.
138. Growth in 2004 was found in all regions, with strongest performance in Asia and the Pacific (29%)
139. In the United States, tourism is now the third-largest retail industry
140. In 1998 Forbes article claimed that the 8000 U.S. companies packaging tours for adventurers generated approximately $7 billion in 1997. A Wall Street Journal article published in May, 2003, estimated the market at $245 billion.
141. In 2000 a web search engine would find 36 specialized tour categories with a combined total of 946 listings under all categories.
142. In 2000 Adventure travel (without even knowing how Yahoo! separates adventure travel from eco travel) grew 28%.
143. In 2002 suggests that adventure or ““active”” travel is 20% of the leisure travel market, between 16 million and 20 million adult travelers.
144. 81% of people travel to experience people, lifestyles and cultures different from their own
145. 80% of people visit small towns and rural areas
146. The Mintel Report 2001 on the European Adventure Travel Market suggests that the adventure side of the package tourism business in Europe accounts for something in the region of 25% of the total package sales.
147. The total size of the European Adventure travel market is some 443,000 holidays per year
148. 10 percent of Americans have taken an adventure-travel trip, and that it's growing by about 10 percent a year
149. 40% of travelers seek active vacations or active “add-ons”
150. 68.6% of travelers surveyed at travel trade shows indicated they are planning an “adventure vacation” in the future.
151. One of the fastest growing parts of the sector is cultural tourism
152. Top Ten Adventure Activities for Baby Boomers:
        1.Fresh or saltwater fishing
        2.Escorted or guided tours
        3. Biking
        4.Hiking/backpacking/rock and mountain climbing
        5.Camping (tent)
        6.RV camping
        7. Motorcycling
        8.Horseback riding
        9. Snorkeling
        10. Whitewater rafting/kayaking
153. Executive participation in the outdoor adventure program at Outward Bound's Wilderness School increased by 66 percent between 1992 and 1996
154. In 1999 the Travel Industry Association of America estimated that nearly 50 percent of the adult travel population--147 million people--took at least one adventure trip in the United States.
155. In the mid-1990s, the leading adventure travel destinations included New Zealand and Australia, Colorado and Alaska, and Africa. South and Central American countries such as Belize, Costa Rica, and Honduras, as well as trips along the Amazon River. The southern region of Africa including Botswana, Uganda, South Africa, and Zimbabwe proved quite popular as well.
156. A backpacker is typically a man in his twenties with little money, the 1990s adventure traveler is a mature traveler 35 to 50 years old. Moreover, women constitute a significant adventure-seeking contingent, accounting for approximately 60 percent of all adventure travel.
157. In 1997 binocular sales grew as a result of the greater interest in adventure and outdoor activities.
158. Spending on recreational activities has grown dramatically since 1990
159. It was projected that spending by Americans on recreational activities would increase more than 30 percent between 2000 and 2005
160. To help promote tourism, Ethiopia has revamped its regional airports, is restoring historical sites and offers visas upon entry to the country in a bid to attract more tourists. In 2003 approximately 180,000 people visited the country generating US $80million.”
161. Women comprise the greater part of adventure travelers worldwide (52%)
162. 41-60 year olds comprise the highest participating age group
163. South America is the highest in terms of increasing destination interest among travelers
164. 50% of tour operators who do not currently use travel agents to sell their products plan to do so in the future
165. Average land cost for an adventure trip is $2,122
166. Leading adventure travel markets are (outbound):
        Germany – Walking and hiking
        UK – Interest in extreme or ‘adrenaline’ sports
        France – Climbing, tennis, golf, mountain biking, trekking, skiing
        Netherlands – Walking, cycling, camping
167. Almost 20 million people expressed an interest in traveling around the world
168. 8 million were keen to go on a backpacking holiday
169. Amongst heavy internet users 50% aspire to travel around the world
170. 61% of students have taken a backpacking/adventure holiday.
Backpacking in Australia
171. Australia had 94,100 backpackers in 2007
172. Altogether backpackers spent 660,700 nights in Australia
173. Average length of stay is one week for backpackers
174. Australia has fourth largest share of backpacker market (16.9%)
175. Total international backpacker expenditure in Australia is $3 billion – this equates to $75 per visit.
176. Backpackers from UK account for a quarter of all backpackers (24.5%) Germany – 15.3%, Japan – 6.6%
177. Backpackers aged between 20-24 take up the highest % in Australia (39.3%) closely followed by 25-29 (31%)
178. Working Holiday Maker visas granted have increased. In 2000/01 76,570 WHM visas were granted, in 2006/07 was 154,148 visas granted.
179. There is on average 20,000 international visitors per year to Australia
180. From 2008 25,000 WHM visas were granted – republic of korea taking the majority of these, followed by UK, Japan and Irish Republic
181. Out UK residents 49% would work in Australia in the hospitality sector. Most likely to be women (54%) and between 17-22 (56%).
182. 47% of UK residents aged between 17-22 would work as a tour guide.
183. Alice Springs in the most visited destination in Australia. Followed by Petermann and Darwin
184. In 2007 541,000 guest nights occupied in hostels.
185. Alice Springs had 58.6% of bed occupancy for the year.
186. Just under a quarter of international backpackers spend all their night in backpacker accommodation.
187. Hostel takings for 2007 were $12.5 million. Average of $23 per night.
188. Students take up 9.5% of backpackers visiting Australia
189. Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and USA have a high proportions of backpacker visitors by students
190. Students backpacking often take short breaks, staying in one place for up to 7 nights in backpacker accommodation
191. 14.3 % of backpacker visitors were on travel package holidays
192. Sydney is the most visited area for Backpackers with 53%
193. Backpackers visit 2.8 states on average per visit.
194. Long distance coach of bus is most popular method of transport for backpackers (48%)
195. Aircraft is also common (42%)
196. 70% of backpackers in Australia are first time visitors.

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