By Kevin Lin
There are three facts that characterize the mass migration during the holiday season. These facts will impact nearly everyone upon this world either directly or indirectly. Traveling can happen for numerous reasons, whether it is for academic, business, or leisure, there will be opportunities given to many. With these three facts in mind, there can be an in-depth perspective on what course of action should be taken in terms of migration.
1. The Sheer Number
There are about three billion trips that are taken during the holiday season, according to CNN. The numbers speak for themselves that people like to travel during the holidays. Why is this number so high? Air travel makes all of the difference. Air travel has been made to be quite affordable thanks to a series of websites like Trivago, Tripadvisor, or Expedia. These sources allow affordable travel by running algorithms that help find the cheapest and efficient route from destination to destination. In fact, thanks to websites, the travel agent industry has taken a turn for the worse in terms of business. From the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the travel agent industry dropped by about 50,000 employees.
2. The Environmental Impact
With one in three Americans traveling during the holidays, according to AAA travel newsroom. With this in mind, the population is at about 327 million. This means that there are numerous resources that will be used to accommodate this travel. Buses, cars, and planes are the main modes of transportation; millions of gallons of fuel will be used. This isn’t to mention the amount of diverse food consumed and the plastic used for these trips.
However, 70 percent of global travelers are more likely to book accommodation if it is environmentally friendly, according to the book 65 Travel Statistics to Know In 2019-2020. Some are fighting the movement on airborne travel; the book also mentions that there is a Swedish movement against air travel. In Europe, the idea of local travel is growing, but in most nations, airline travel is growing.
3. The Tourism Industry
It is well known that the tourism industry can be heavily reliant upon in certain economies. Strasbourg, for instance, uses its Christmas market to attract the attention of tourists. Many small towns in America are heavily reliant upon having the one attraction that gathers tourists to save the aid of the town’s economy. Without tourism, Jamaica would be ruined. For many areas, being able to track or control the migration habits of the world, influences the amount of leverage they have over the economy. This would explain why countries like China invest heavily in the tourism industry because they see it as an investment opportunity, which is one of the reasons why they lead in that field of the economy. In an article from the Medium, $7.6 trillion is contributed to the global economy. The tourism industry also supports 3.8 percent of the world’s employment in 2017. It is no wonder that many nations like China invest heavily in this industry.
4. Final Facts
In a nine-year study, 12,000 men who traveled found that it has been linked to 30 percent less likely to have heart disease, according to the Passport Health Organization. They also found in a 2005 study, that travel decreased the risk of depression in a study with 15,000 women. Take this with a grain of salt because, at the same time, there are numerous diseases that can travel with increased tourism. Procedures against Ebola were taken when airline travel had helped spread an outbreak. Mass migration comes with many different pros and cons. On the one hand, there can be new places to go, new cultures to try and new opportunities to be seized. On the other hand, there can be diseases that spread, economic ventures that failed, or just an unfortunate time in general.
Globalization, however, is built on mass migration.