The World Travel and Tourism Council
has introduced a fun element to their Facebook
page: rather than a timeline of their own milestones, they've designed a timeline
highlighting all of the events in the travel industry
. Starting in 1400 with the first passport
, and ending with the 1,000,000,000 international tourist arrival in December 2012, it puts the whole development of tourism in context. The first airport
dates to 1909 in College Park, Maryland
, and there are now over 44,000 airfields and airports all over the world. Hilton
pioneered the hotel
chain concept in 1943, and now has properties in 78 countries on six continents. Expedia
has been around for 17 years, and TripAdvisor
just celebrated their 13th anniversary.
Check out all the travel industry milestones on WTTC's Timeline
, and be sure to click through all the years.
[Photo credit: WTTC Facebook
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