Top 10 facts about tourism

TODAY is World Tourism Day, celebrating the founding of the United Nations World Tourism Organization on September 27, 1970.

1. Tourism began on July 5, 1841, when Thomas Cook organised a trip from Market Harborough to Loughborough for a temperance meeting.

2. By 1845, Cook’s tourist industry had grown to offering trips to Glasgow for a guinea.

3. His first foreign trip was a six-day stay in Paris in 1861, where the British tourists were greeted by band music and a cannon salute on arrival.

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