Over the past 25 years, tourism in general, and international travel in particular, have experienced strong and steady growth.
The statistics speak volumes: with the number of people travelling to another country per year about to top one billion, and more than 200 million jobs in the world now directly or indirectly dependent on tourism, our industry is asserting itself as an economic force of prime importance.
Club Voyages, member of Transat A.T. Inc. is one of the largest integrated tourism companies in the world and the leader in Canada’s holiday travel industry. Our contribution to development is not expressed merely in economic terms. The desire to protect exceptional natural sites and habitats, and to preserve heritage (both tangible and intangible), the openness of different cultures to one another (though much remains to be done) and a worldwide consciousness, continually growing, that diversity and the environment merit our protection—all this originates at least in part from the fascination that we all feel for our planet and the people who live on it.
Perhaps, also, from this unfathomable sense, deep within each of us, of how fragile things are. The fact that tourism’s contributions to human affairs are impossible to measure takes nothing away from their importance. But it is part of the reason why its benefits often go unnoticed, especially in the so-called industrialized economies.