1. Tourism began on July 5, 1841, when Thomas Cook organised a trip from Market Harborough to Loughborough for a temperance meeting.
2. By 1845, Cook’s tourist industry had grown to offering trips to Glasgow for a guinea.
3. His first foreign trip was a six-day stay in Paris in 1861, where the British tourists were greeted by band music and a cannon salute on arrival.
4. The word “tourist” had been in use since 1760, for individuals travelling for recreation.
5. Tourism is worth more than £120billion a year to the UK.
6. The only countries that attract more tourists than the UK are France, USA, Spain, China, Italy, Turkey and Germany.
7. Nearly three million people in the UK are employed in the tourism-related industry.
8. Tourism accounts for five percent of the world’s economy.
10. The first space tourist was US businessman Dennis Tito who was reported to have paid $20m for a trip to the International Space Station in 2001.