"With more than one billion international tourists now traveling the world each year, tourism has become a powerful and transformative force that is making a genuine difference in the lives of millions of people. The potential of tourism for sustainable development is considerable. As one of the world’s leading employment sectors, tourism provides important livelihood opportunities, helping to alleviate poverty and drive inclusive development. As tourism revolves around encounters between different peoples, the sector can foster multicultural understanding and raise awareness on the need to preserve cultural and natural heritage."
(Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, 2015)
Did you know
10% of global GPD
(direct, indirect and induced).
1 in 11 jobs
worldwide is tourism-related.
Tourism is the
5th largest export sector
in the world, after fuels, chemicals, food and automotive products.
Tourism generates over
US$ 1.3 trillion/year in exports.
international tourists forecast for 2030.
Developing countries control the largest proportion of global biodiversity, giving them a competitive advantage in tourism.
Tourism provides an incentive for preserving and protecting areas of
natural beauty and diversity.
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