Modern day tourism has its origin in the rediscovery of the ancient ruins of Greece and Rome by 17th- and 18th-century northern Europeans. Le Grand Tour was a rite of passage for the elite to gain education in the art, architecture, philosophy, language, of these formerly great civilizations, By 2015, international tourism increased to a record 1.2 billion people worldwide! Read the International Heritage News Network for more on global travel.

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