Travel News – March 12, 2012
Happy Monday! Hope you all remembered to adjust your clocks for the start of Daylight Saving Time 2012 yesterday. Let’s kick of the week with a look at some of the recent air travel news.
US Makes Good Showing in Travel Competitiveness Report
The US is now ranked at No 6 in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2011, up from No 8 in the 2009 survey. Ahead are Switzerland, Germany, France, Austria and Sweden, with the UK, Spain, Canada and Singapore trailing to complete the top 10. According to the World Economic Forum, the travel and tourism market is generally healthy, with strengths including the regulatory environment, human resources and political stability. However, the report suggested some infrastructural challenges. Read the full article on Expoweb.
More to Travel in Next 20 Years, Says FAA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA has predicted that over the next two decades the number of air passengers will double. Between now and 2032, revenue passenger miles will increase by an average of 3.2% per hear with a significant 45% increase in commercial operations over the period. By 2032, the forecast is for 1.2 billion people to take commercial flights on US airlines, compared with an expected 732 million this year. Cargo traffic is also expected to increase significantly over the period, with a projected annual increase of 4.9%. Looks like we’re going to need those bigger planes, after all. (Source: eTurboNews)
UNWTO Forecasts Tourism Growth
Looking at tourism on a larger scale, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), says that tourism will continue to be a major driver of world economic growth. The figures for the start of 2011 in its World Tourism Barometer show a 4.4% rise in January tourism figures. Growth for this year is expected to be in the region of 3-4%, but there will be a mixed picture worldwide. Some emerging markets are likely to see more growth than more developed destinations. The report also reveals a 5.1% increase in passenger numbers in 2011, according to figures from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). More details on Travel Daily News.
Finally, one passenger highlights the problems of seating and legroom on planes for those of above average height or size, and the LA Times reports on the increase in the size of overhead bins and a TSA security hole. Have a great week!
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