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As 2012 comes to a close, we recount the year’s top blog posts.

1. Euromonitor International’s Top 100 City Destinations Ranking

A list of the world’s top 100 cities in terms of international tourist arrivals.

2. Health and Wellness the Trillion Dollar Industry in 2017: Key Research Highlights

Strong recovery of the global health and wellness market is on the way, with sales recording 6.5% value growth (fixed exchange rates) in 2011.  Products offering specific health benefits, such as fortified/functional, or those renowned for their natural health properties drove value sales, with rates above 7%. Growth was further fuelled by the developments in the emerging markets as China and Brazil alone contributed US$15 billion in new sales that year. Steady real term growth of 7.2% (current prices) is expected to continue to 2017, with global health and wellness sales on the way to hit a record high of US$1 trillion by 2017.

3. 10 Global Consumer Trends for the Next Five Years

Despite the uncertainties facing the global economy, certain trends are inevitable. The world will become smaller, more aged, more city-focused, more cautious and more polarised between the rich and poor. The climate will change, food prices will rise and economic power will shift from West to East.

4. The EuroZone Crisis and its Impact on Tourism

This article discusses the potential impact of the EuroZone crisis on the region’s travel and tourism industry based on a review of previous economic downturns in times of macroeconomic instability. A correlation between arrivals performance and GDP means economic growth has a direct impact on tourism demand. Working within this framework gives us an insight into possible market scenarios for tourism demand over the short term in the Euro-Zone.

5. Special Report: Income Inequality Rising Across the Globe

Income inequality has risen in most countries in the world over 2006-2011, driven by rapid population ageing, rising unemployment and government spending cuts in advanced economies, and urban/rural and skills divides in developing countries. Rising income inequality is changing consumer spending patterns and creating substantial opportunities for adaptable businesses, although it can also undermine a country’s business environment and growth potential.

6. Indonesia’s Rising Middle Class to Transform the Country’s Consumer Market

Indonesia – the world’s fourth most populous nation – is experiencing a rapid expansion in the middle class, which has helped to transform the country’s consumer market. Businesses in a wide range of industries can expect to capitalise on both the strong purchasing power and the high labour skills of the middle class. However, income inequality is set to rise, potentially causing social and political discontent and threatening the business environment.

7. Prediction: Tmall will Overtake Amazon by 2015 to become the Largest Internet Retailer in the World

Having overtaken eBay to become the world’s second largest internet retailer, Tmall appears to be on an unstoppable trajectory to the top. The most astonishing fact? It is has managed to achieve all this growth from one single market: China.

8. Top 10 Consumer Trends of 2012

What motivates consumers buy? What trends impact their behavior? This white paper defines the trends that shaped consumer behavior in 2012.

9. Home Cooking and Eating Habits: Global Survey Strategic Analysis

This report focuses largely on the “Eating and Drinking” section of Euromonitor International’s 2011 Annual Study of global consumers. The aim is to explore how new trends are impacting home eating and cooking habits.

10. 10 Global Macro Trends for the Next Five Years

Despite the uncertainties facing the global economy, certain trends are inevitable. The world will become smaller, more aged, more city-focused, more cautious and more polarised between the rich and poor. The climate will change, food prices will rise and economic power will shift from West to East.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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