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Curious Planet

Curious Planet by Rachel Swaby ilustration by Carl Bender Where Americans Go The World's Oldest Hotel We humans like to travel. Ever since our first ancestors The world's oldest hotel, Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan, in Yamanashi, Japan, has been operating since 705 Mexico: 19.5M wandered around and out of Africa, we've been on the move, meeting new people, looking for a nice place to stay, and making Canada: 11.6M clumsy hand motions to ask for directions. Today, the business of travel and tourism accounts for more than 9 percent of the world's gross domestic product and employs some 235 million U.S. citizens do most of their international traveling to the countries closest to home. In 2009, we made 19.5 million trips to Mexico and 11.6 million trips to Canada. Likewise, the States welcomes its highest numbers of foreign visitors from those two countries. TRAVEL United Kingdom: 2.7M France: 1.9M people. Here's a look at where and how we travel these days. Italy: 1.8M FIGURES FROM 2009/U.S. INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS $279 Most International Departures Most Expensive Hotels Nigeria $274 Ukraine Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom have long been the leading countries for international departures, with their numbers fluctuating along with economic conditions. China, on the other hand, has made a rapid ascent to join the club. In 2002, there were only 16.6 million international departures from China, about a third as many as there were in 2009. The average room rate for a first-class hotel appears to be highest in countries where there may not be much tourism but plenty of something else: oil. If you're looking for the cheapest rooms, you're better off heading for Bolivia, Nepal, or the Gambia, where the $256 Germany 72.3M Libya B8Be - average rate is $34 a night. $243 Serbia WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM $233 Bahrain FIGURES FROM 2009/THE WORLD BANK United States 61.4M 58.6M United Kingdom China 47.6M 29M Italy 오오오 호 The World's Fastest Train Longest Train Ride Most International Arrivals Most-Welcoming Countries The Shanghai Maglev Train is the world's The longest train ride you can take is 6,346 miles. The trip, from Moscow, Russia, to Pyongyang, North Korea, includes part of the Trans-Siberian Railway and is scheduled Who knows why France is the most-visited country? Maybe it's the Eiffel Tower. Or the bread. Or the wine. Or the architecture. Or the people. Or the museums. Or the cheese. Or the churches. Or the lavender.. Business leaders around the world were asked, "How welcome are foreign visitors in your country?" These countries received the top scores. The United States ranked 101st out of 139 countries. fastest commercial train. It travels from Shanghai International Airport to the city's financial district and reaches a top speed of 267.8 mph. to take 7 days, 20 hours, and 25 minutes. 1 France: 76.8M 2 United States: 54.9M 1 New Zealand 2 Iceland 9 Lebanon O Rwanda GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 3 Spain: 52.2M 4 China: 50.9M 5 Italy: 43.2M 5 Hong Kong FIGURES FROM 2009/THE WORLD BANK WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM TRASS IA IVIT :::

Curious Planet

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Today the world of tourism accounts for 9% of the worlds gross domestic product and employees about 235 million people globally. This infographic takes a look at the world of tourism, how people trave...


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