This short entry presents how tourism has changed over time globally.
The first visualisation shows how tourist arrivals have increased since shortly after the Second World War in 1950.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that internationally there were just 25 million tourist arrivals in 1950. 68 years later this number has increased to 1.4 billion international arrivals per year. This is a 56-fold increase.
The second chart shows the same data in relative terms. In 1950 full two-thirds of tourists arrived in Europe. Over the following 68 years the relative importance declined to around 50%, but it is still the most important touristic region.
Asia and Pacific had only very small importance as a tourist destination in 1950. In 2018 however, every fourth tourist arrived in the region.
The map shows the number of tourists by country. France is today the country that receives most tourists.
The chart below shows the number of fatal accidents globally from airliners these figures are given based on commercial flights with a minimum of 14 passengers’ capacity. The number of fatal incidents from airline hijacking or sabotage is also shown (and included in total figures).
The chart below shows the number of fatal aviation accidents per million commercial flights.
The chart below shows the number of fatalities globally from airliners; these figures are given based on commercial flights with a minimum of 14 passengers’ capacity. The number of fatalities from airline hijacking or sabotage is also shown (and included in total figures).
The visualisation below shows the number of aviation fatalities per million passengers on commercial airlines (with a minimum capacity of 14 passengers).
The visualisation below shows the inverse of the trend above: the number of air passengers per fatality on commercial airlines. In 2017, 90 million passengers flew per death from commercial airlines.
United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
- Data: Various measures related to tourism such as tourist arrivals, departures, and spending.
- Geographical coverage: Global
- Time span: Mostly focussed on recent developments, but some data going back to 1950.
- Available at: UNWTO.org
World Bank – World Development Indicators
- Data: Arrivals, departures, expenditure, expenditure by traveller, receipts as share of exports and more
- Geographical coverage:Global
- Time span: 1995 to today
- Available at: The data is published in the World Development Indicators online.