Worldwide travel for recreational, leisure, or business purposes is on the increase. It is an important economic factor.
In 2015 European nations occupied three of the world's top five places in destinations.Germany has the largest outbound tourist trade in the world, with Germans spending about €80 billion (89 billion $) annually to travel abroad (the United States is second), in spite of Germany being fourth in world in GDP and fourteenth in population. Germany also has the eighth largest inbound tourist trade, with receipts of around €24 billion.
Photographs of charred koalas, apocalyptic red skies and poor air quality have haunted Australia since the bushfire crisis. The government is now investing millions in its tourism industry to turn around its image.
As more and more land in Australia is ravaged by bushfires, the costs of the disaster are escalating. The government has already promised AU$2 billion (US$1.37 billion) to help communities recover. Bondi Beach is among the areas suffering a drop in tourism because of the fires.