Heightened awareness of life AND Earth's fragility, the meaning of luck and love resonate in colors, fashion and lifestyles. The creation of a "global conscience."
2006 is year to reckon and rebuild.
2007 will be a year to re-connect and explore.
India, China and Russia are cultures in transitions, as new found wealth, freedom and opportunities create new demands and interests. More women in the workforce (increased disposable incomes), improving retail channels (the introduction of the supermarket), and geographic expansion of multinational manufacturers are opening markets to new products and influences.
China's presence will continue to grow: in 2008 they host the Summer Olympics and a Presidential Election.
NEW World Tourism Organization reports travel and tourism has become the world's largest and fastest expanding industry with growth showing a consistent year on year increase. International arrivals have increased by an average rate of 4.2% per annum between 1990 and 2005; a trend that has led the World Tourism Organization to predict that by 2020 tourist arrivals around the world should reach 1.6 billion. The growth forecast is even more spectacular in the case of Asia and the Pacific where international arrivals are expected to leap almost fourfold from 111 million in 2000 to 417 million by 2020. Asia has already overtaken the
Americas - in 2002 - to become the second most visited region in the world.