One in two people globally will take an international holiday in 2050, compared with one in seven now. That estimate, from futurology book 2050 – Tomorrow's Tourism, would mean not far off five billion travellers on the move every year. They may have to book ahead. Visitors may face limits to tourist numbers such as the currently rare example of Barcelona's cap on visitor accommodation, introduced two years ago. Or they may encounter high fees. Bhutan, on the edge of the Himalayas, has a daily tourist charge of at least US$200 (S$271) per day, intended to protect the local environment. "Tourism is about balance," says Ian Yeoman, associate professor of tourism futures at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and the book's lead author. "It will always be here. The question will be how we manage it." AROUND THE WORLD IN 40 MINUTES Short city breaks are likely to grow in popularity, futurologists predict, but people may be travelling further afield, in a shorter time, than they do now. As technology advances, making aircraft faster and more efficient – even hypersonic – a weekend break could mean a four-hour flight from London to Shanghai. Travellers may prefer to take the… Read full this story
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