World’s 10 Most Popular Travel Destinations

Planning well and purchasing travel insurance are two ways to get the best out of any of the exciting destinations below:

France 

With a whopping 19 million more visitors in 2009 than it’s nearest rival, France is the undeniable destination of choice for international tourists. Paris’ image as the city of love, and iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysees are no doubt major draw cards. World renowned wine regions like Bordeaux and internationally recognised sporting events like the Tour de France and French Open tennis also put France centre stage. Over 74 million tourists visited French shores in 2009.

United States of America 

With so much popular culture emanating from the US, it’s no surprise that people want to go and see the real thing. Indeed just under 55 million tourists visited the United States of America in 2009. New York and it’s Statue of Liberty, Los Angeles and the movie capital of the world, Hollywood, stand out as major attractions.

Spain 

Northern Europeans flock to Spain to enjoy its warmer weather, when it is cold at home. Beautiful beaches and a nice climate are two attraction. The running of the bulls in Pamplona is another. Don’t forget to try a lovely seafood paella. Fifty-two million people made their way to Spain in 2009.

China 

As China has opened up to the world, visitors have flocked there. It’s no surprise, with unique attractions such as the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors. Over 50 million people visited China in 2009.

Italy 

Rounding out the top five is Italy, with 43 million visitors in 2009. Historical Roman ruins, beautiful artwork from famous painters such as Michelangelo, amazing cities like the waterborne Venice topped off with Italy’s delicious pasta and pizza make this country a popular choice.

United Kingdom 

Steeped in tradition, landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle continue to draw the crowds. Premier League Football is a major draw for some, while others prefer the village experience in the quaint English countryside.

Turkey 

Turkey, where east meets west, contains many important relics from the great Ottoman Empire. Aegean and Mediterranean resorts are also popular with visiting holidaymakers. Turkey’s explosive growth as a tourist destination has seen it become the seventh most popular in the world, with 25 million visitors in 2009.

Germany 

Now a united country, the divided past draws many curious visitors to the previously partitioned Berlin. Oktoberfest in Munich is a must for serious beer lovers. Hearty and delicious meals of German sausage and sauerkraut can be found in many town pubs. Over 24 million sampled Germany’s delights in 2009.

Malaysia 

Malaysia is certainly open for tourism. With more developed infrastructure than some other neighbouring South East Asian nations, Malaysia can be enjoyed in comfort. Kuala Lumpur’s striking Petronas Twin towers signify Malaysia’s development, while it’s beautiful islands and cool highland retreats highlight the wonderful natural experiences on offer. Visitors in 2009 totalled over 23 million.

Mexico 

Over 21 million people visited Mexico in 2009. A popular destination for those in Latin America, Mexico offers Aztec, Mayan and Olmec ruins for the historically inclined, and beautiful beach resorts for other types of holiday makers.

Cheap Travel Insurance should be booked in along with your airline ticket, when visiting any of these great destinations.

Time Travel Exotica

Travel and time, they go together. When you travel you take time, whether for business or pleasure or both there has to be time. If you are traveling for pleasure it takes some freedom doesn’t it and money. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to travel wherever you choose, in a moments notice, maybe to an exotic location in the blink of an eye? Read on….

Did you know?

In the past week many of my associates have heard about how people are not traveling because of the economy. Do not believe these comments. The travel and tourism industry and the manner in how I will show you how to apply my secret… “Time Travel Exotica” principal right now is stronger than ever. The travel and tourism industry continues to be a multi-trillion dollar worldwide business. It is almost its own mini-economy.

Here are some interesting facts!

“Cruise spending is up in a down economy in destinations visited by cruise line-members of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.

Cruise tourism boosted revenues for ports and businesses in Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean in one of the gloomiest financial years since the Great Depression, according to an FCCA-commissioned study from Business Research and Economic Advisors.

BREA reported that FCCA-regional cruise tourism in 2008-2009 generated more than $2.2 billion in direct expenditures, 56,000 jobs and $720 million in employee wages among 29 destinations surveyed.

“This certainly is wonderful news, but it doesn’t surprise me,” Michele M Paige, FCCA president, told association members attending the 16th Annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s Conference and Trade Show in St Lucia. “FCCA members are known for seeing opportunities — not obstacles.”

FCCA Chairman Micky Arison agreed. “No industry is recession-proof, but the cruise industry traditionally has been recession-resistant,” said Arison, chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc.

The new study analyzed spending by passengers, crew members and cruise lines in destinations ranging from the Caribbean islands, Mexico, Central America and South America, said Andrew Moody, Ph.D., president of the Exton, PA-based research group. Among BREA’s findings:

Cruise passengers (17.56 million) spent $1.71 billion in 29 participating destinations. An average of 52 percent of passengers bought shore excursions, generating $328 million in total payments to tour operators. Passengers also bought watches and jewelry ($634 million); clothing ($168 million) and other goods and services ($164 million).

Crew members (3.24 million) spent nearly $289 million in the 29 destinations, mostly for clothing, food and beverages, as well as jewelry, electronics, perfumes and cosmetics.

Cruise lines spent an estimated $279.9 million in participating destinations for port fees and taxes, utilities, navigation services and ship supplies.

“These expenditures have a direct impact on local employment and wages,” Moody said. “Local businesses… create additional jobs and income.”

BREA-surveyed destinations included Antigua & Barbuda; Aruba; The Bahamas; Barbados; Cayman Islands; Curacao; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Jamaica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Maarten; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos and US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean; Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel, Ensenada and Huatulco in Mexico; Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America, and Cartagena, Colombia, in South America.

Paige noted that polled passengers said they enjoyed their cruises, a strong indication that they are likely to cruise again in the region and spend money.”

So as you can see… the travel and tourism industry is transcending much of what other industries are experiencing.

Now, I bet you would like the answer to the question, how to apply my “Time Travel Exotica” principal right now? That is to be able to have the money, the freedom, the time and ability right now, to travel to an exotic location of your choice? Simple!

Travel Ventures International! Before I learned about TVI my Time Travel Exotica principal was only a dream… now its a reality.

TVI has entered North America July 2009 and is growing leaps and bounds. The team of which I am proud to be one of the leaders, TVI World Team, is the most productive in North America. I am racking up travel faster than you can say, “board the boat!” Truthfully, many have joined our team primarily not for the travel only but for the compensation plan. As you will see… instead of spending the high dollars on advertising like most companies do, they decided to use the power of the three megatrends to advertise their company.

Those three megatrends are:

Travel and Tourism
The Internet and
The Home Based Business Phenomenon

This allows regular folks to become agents of the company, not only to network advertise but at the same time, be compensated with the outstanding TVI Travel and Earn program.

Whatever way you stack it, it is the perfect vehicle to apply my “Time Travel Exotica” principal because it allows me or anyone else, in the blink of an eye, right in the comforts of their own home, to book an exotic vacation from their TVI Backroom without spending a dime out of their own pocket. Not only that but while using a selection of locations that would suit a prince and getting paid for it handsomely at the same time.

Travelers with Disabilities: The Untapped Market

When most people think about accommodating people with disabilities in their business they get a scared feeling in their gut and their mind scrambles to search for that all-important date when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect. It doesn’t have to be that way! When business owners open their eyes and start to realize that there are literally billions of dollars to be made in the accessible travel market, I believe we will start to remove the fear associated with the ADA.

There are currently more than 50 million people with disabilities in the United States and 180 million worldwide, representing the single largest untapped tourist market in the world. According to a recent Harris Poll conducted in conjunction with the Open Doors Organization and the Travel Industry Association of America, the 50 million people with disabilities in our country have a combined income of more than $175 billion. In 2002, these people took 32 million trips and spent more than $13.6 billion on travel ($4.2 billion on hotels, $3.3 billion on airfare, $2.7 billion on food and beverage, and $3.4 billion on retail, transportation, and other activities). This study suggested that these travelers would double their spending if some minor amenities were made available. Meet and greet programs at airports, preferred seating on airplanes, hotel rooms closer to amenities, and employees who go out of their way to accommodate guests with disabilities topped the list.

The current trends in adaptive travel show most of these travelers taking advantage of destinations that they know are already accessible such as cruise ships, Florida, and Las Vegas. The visitors bureaus and businesses at these destinations that have gone to great lengths to ensure their visitors that there will not be any accessibility issues during their stay. From personal experience and years of traveling in a wheelchair, I can guarantee that these locations have built and will continue to build strong relationships with travelers with disabilities. This group is a very loyal one, who will often return to the same city, hotel, or activity provider year after year if they have a good experience. If everyone were to catch on to this we would see growth in the tourism industry like we have never seen!

With this in mind, it is a wonder that more business owners have not taken steps to make their accommodations more accessible and even start marketing to these travelers. If the staggering numbers listed above aren’t proof enough, the U.S. Census Bureau recently stated that nearly 16.5% of all people with disabilities in the U.S. leave their home two days per week or less. That constitutes nearly 11 million people that are not traveling at all. Also keep in mind that there are millions of people in their golden years that are looking for accessible travel accommodations. Many of these people use canes or walkers, travel with oxygen tanks, or have other mobility impairments, and are not included in disability statistics.

With millions of people in need of accessible travel options, and with our Baby Boomers (almost 25% of our population) starting to reach retirement age as well now is the time to start thinking about improving marketing efforts to include people with disabilities and about better overall accessibility in general. By educating business owners on the benefits of marketing to people with disabilities and educating travel agents who are fighting a losing battle with the internet, we can begin to focus on this new target market.

If you want to take advantage of the rapidly growing adaptive travel market, get started now! I recommend hiring an expert to get your business rated and start removing barriers to access as soon as possible. Think about accessibility anytime you’re planning a remodel or addition. These improvements will benefit everyone, not just people with disabilities. For those of you who have already taken steps to improve accessibility, start bragging about it.

Craig Kennedy is a published adaptive travel author, accessibility consultant, and motivational speaker with almost ten years of adaptive travel experience and more than 15 years of tourism and service industry expertise. He specializes in resort business growth and customer attraction through better overall accessibility, education, and marketing, and works with businesses who wish to become leaders in accessible travel and accommodation.

Craig P. Kennedy, Steamboat Springs, Colorado,
CK Consulting: Setting Standards for Accessibility
www.CKConsultingonline.com.

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