Effects Of Science On The World 's Largest And Fastest Growing Industry

839 Words Nov 29th, 2015 4 Pages
After working forty hours a week, day after day, week after week, people need a vacation to relax their minds and bodies. Science has proven that short breaks improve concentration, and long breaks such as a vacation will increase job productivity and performance. In an interview with ABC News, Francine Lederer, a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles explains, "Most people have better life perspective and are more motivated to achieve their goals after a vacation, even if it is a 24-hour time-out" (Thompson, 2012). Therefore, a record number of people are traveling, and tourism has grown in the world’s largest and fastest growing industry. In 2013, travel and tourism’s total contribution to the global gross domestic product (GDP) rose to 9.5% (US $7 trillion) supporting 266 million jobs which is equal to 1 in every 11 jobs, and it is expected to continue to grow as presented in Table I (WTTC, 2014). Advances in technology and modes of travel have created destinations around the globe, new attractions, and various tour packages including planes, trains, automobiles, and cruise ships (Goeldner & Ritchie, 2012). With its white sandy beaches, turquoise water, and tropical weather, the Caribbean, formally known as the West Indies, has become a popular travel spot; additionally, travel to the Caribbean is relatively accessible and inexpensive (Jayawardena & Ramajeesingh, 2003). As illustrated in the map below, the Caribbean includes over 7,000 islands, cays, islets and inhabited…

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