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While some people go on business, medical or religious trips, others travel for pleasure – to rest or discover a destination, its local life, culture and natural heritage or visit family. Science suggests that getting away is an essential habit of effective thinking.

According to the UN International recommendations for Tourism Statistics 2008, the main purpose of a trip is defined as the purpose in the absence of which the trip would not have taken place. The classification presented below elaborates on previous classifications and incorporates new categories that have been gaining in importance since the issuance of the 1993 Recommendations on Tourism Statistics:

In 2018, world tourism arrivals reaches 1.4 billion (UNWTO). In 2019, 55 % of the international tourists were motivated to travel for leisure, recreation, and vacations. Another 28 % were traveling to visit family and friends (VFR) or to make religious pilgrimages to places such as Mecca, Jerusalem, and the Vatican. Business travellers represented 11 % (see graph below – source Statista).

FUN FACT: More than six million people visit the art collection of the Vatican City every year, making it one of the most visited art museums in the world.

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