I recently traveled to Boston to attend the International Fundraising Conference at the Boston Convention Center. This was my first extended stay in Boston and I was excited to see some of what the city had to offer. Boston, as you might know, is well known for its craft beer scene, which on this visit I was not able to fully take advantage of, but will do so on the next.
International tourism has a staggering impact on the global economy. To fully understand its impact, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) World Tourism Highlights Report of 2014 world tourism was responsible for 9% of global GDP, supported 1 in 11 jobs globally, and was responsible for $1.5 trillion in global exports. The number of international tourists rose to 1.13 billion in 2014, with France, the United States, Spain, and China ranked as the top global destinations. With the number of international tourists expected to increase this places a great emphasis on national and regional governments and tourism promotion organizations to promote and capture as much of the international tourism market as possible.
If you haven’t already noticed from my photos on Instagram, I love visiting local craft breweries. Visiting local craft breweries are great because they not only have a great selection of beer brewed by those who love what they do but are a great way to support local businesses and ensure you have an impactful travel experience. To put the impact into perspective, the craft brewing industry across the U.S., which is on the rise, contributed $55.7 billion to the U.S. economy and supported 424,000 jobs in 2014 according to the Brewers Association.