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Tourist is the world's biggest and fastest-growing market, representing 10 percent of world financial activity and one in 15 tasks worldwide. Some 750 million people a year presently travel abroad compared to just 25 million in 1950, and each year more than 100 million first-world travelers go to developing countries, transferring billions of dollars from North to South. Tourist is the only market that permits an internet circulation of wealth from richer to poorer countries, and in the islands, it's one of the few avenues open for economic advancement, offering much-needed forex needed to pay for imports. Unlike each export, buyers of tourist items pay their own transportation costs to the marketplace.
Australia supplies the biggest percentage of the one million-plus travelers who visit the South Pacific islands each year, followed by the United States, New Zealand, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany because of order. It's the number-one market in French Polynesia, Easter Island, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, and Vanuatu, and some 50,000 islanders now rely on tourism as a way of making a living. Tourism is reasonably low key: overcrowded Hawaii gets 10 times as many annual visitors as the entire South Pacific combined. The "tyranny of range" has so far prevented the islands from being ruined.