South African users are more likely to access news and e-commerce apps than their African counterparts, with the most used apps (according to Opera’s data management application, Opera Max) being Chrome, Facebook, Truecaller, OLX, Skype and News24.
While travel and tourism contributed close to 10 percent ($7.2 trillion) of global gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015, growth forecasts for 2016 from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) have been recently revised downward, with the sector being hurt by economic weakness and a ramp-up in terrorist attacks.
France is the most visited country in Europe, attracting more than 84 million tourists last year, and economists had forecast a long-awaited uptick in growth for 2016. After the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks, the momentum slowed, and a slump in foreign tourism had only recently started to reverse.
More than three quarters of Americans (78%) agree they love trying new things outside of their own culture. This desire for novelty and variety is even higher among Millennials, of which 84% love the exposure to different cultures.
While the impacts of El Niño will dissipate by 2017, leaving temperatures slightly lower than this year, Schmidt said 2017 will still average to 1 degree C (1.8 degrees F) above the pre-industrial average.