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It probably comes as no surprise to hear that tourism numbers are on the rise. In fact, in 2018 it is estimated that there was a record high of 1.4 billion international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) across the globe, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the UN agency tasked with the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. In 1990, the number of international tourist arrivals was 435 million.

In economic terms, tourism is now a USD$1.4 trillion (AUD$2.1 trillion) industry, representing two per cent of the global GDP. But as the numbers of tourists and tourist dollars being spent has been rising rapidly, so too has the impact travel is having on the world. As air travel becomes cheaper and more accessible, the

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