, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 481–490 | Cite as

Changes and patterns of origin regions of international tourism

  • Hudman Lloyd E. 
  • Davis James A. 


The dramatic political and economic changes in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East during the early 1990s have had a dramatic impact on international tourism. Between 1974 and 1990 there have been significant shifts in international tourist originations. The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyze the changing patterns and to compare the two time periods. A key component of the study is the construction of a Population-Adjusted Travel Index which assesses the capability of a country to generate tourists relative to population characteristics. Findings indicate that Europe is still the leader in trips generated, even though the proportion from this region is declining over time. Asian countries exhibited the most marked improvement due primarily to the tremendous economic expansion taking place on the Pacific Rim. In contrast countries of the Middle East have declined in importance relative to international tourism. This is due to political and economic instability in the region.


Europe Environmental Management Asian Country Middle East Marked Improvement 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hudman Lloyd E. 
    • 1
  • Davis James A. 
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeographyBrigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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