Interesting facts about the travel and tourism industry

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1. Tourism began on July 5, 1841, when Thomas Cook organised a trip from Market Harborough to Loughborough for a temperance meeting.

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2. By 1845, Cook’s tourist industry had grown to offering trips to Glasgow for a guinea.

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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.

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4. The word “tourist” had been in use since 1760, for individuals travelling for recreation.

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5. Tourism is worth more than £120billion a year to the UK.

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6. The only countries that attract more tourists than the UK are France, USA, Spain, China, Italy, Turkey and Germany.

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7. Nearly three million people in the UK are employed in the tourism-related industry.

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8. Tourism accounts for five percent of the world’s economy.

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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.

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