Travel Boom: Young Tourists Spent $217 Billion Last Year, More Than Any Other Group | Tourism Innovation |

Backpackers may finally be getting some respect – at least from an economic standpoint.Young people are traveling more, staying away for longer periods of time and spending more money, a new report indicates.


In 2012, $217 billion of the $1.088 trillion tourism “spend” worldwide came from young travelers, an increase that vastly outstripped that of other international travelers, according to a new study of youth and student travel released by Amsterdam-based World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation. Young travelers now represent 20 per cent of international tourism, making the group an important economic force.

Via Tourism Australia