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Inbox VITAL STATISTICS Behind the numbers Tourists’ attraction Last year saw more than 1,087 million international tourist arrivals worldwide; the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) predicts that by 2030 this fi gure will have risen to 1.8 billion. Currently, tourism receipts account for nine per cent of the world’s GDP and, despite economic downturns in several regions over recent years, growth continues apace. In 2013, more than 50 per cent of the world’s tourists travelled to European destinations and, while numbers are predicted to increase over the next 20 years, Europe’s share of the world market is set to decrease as people continue to search for more unique experiences in less frequented regions. International tourist arrivals (ITA) Regional share of ITA, 2013 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 ITA 2013 ITA 2030 Americas Europe Africa Middle East Asia and the Tourist arrivals (millions) Source: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Tourism Highlights, 2014 @UNWTO, 9284402214 Tourism’s economic impact The tourist industry generated more than US$1 trillion globally in 2013. UNWTO and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) have called on governments worldwide to acknowledge tourism’s role in developing and Pacifi c sustaining strong economies. In The Gambia, earnings from tourism amount to more than 20 per cent of GDP and in Mexico work in the tourist sector accounts for around 15 per cent of overall employment. Many developing 15% 51% 5% 7% 22% Americas Europe Africa Middle East Asia and the Pacifi c countries, like Kazakhstan, have seen a big increase in tourist arrivals, a trend that is predicted to continue – market share in these regions is estimated to become 57 per cent of the world’s total by 2030. United States ITA: 69.8m Contribution to GDP: 8.4% Contribution to employment: 9.8% Mexico ITA: 23.7m Contribution to GDP: 13.3% Contribution to employment: 14.2% Algeria ITA: 2.7m Contribution to GDP: 8% Contribution to employment: 7.1% Source: The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) The Gambia ITA: 171,000 Contribution to GDP: 21.8% Contribution to employment: 18.6% Egypt ITA: 9.2m Contribution to GDP: 12.6% Contribution to employment: 11.5% Spain ITA: 60.7m Contribution to GDP: 15.7% Contribution to employment: 15.8% United Kingdom ITA: 31.2m Contribution to GDP: 10.4% Contribution to employment: 12.4% Kazakhstan ITA: 4.9m Contribution to GDP: 5.3% Contribution to employment: 4.9% China ITA: 55.7m Contribution to GDP: 9.2% Contribution to employment: 8.3% four 6 l www.global -br ief ing.org th quar ter 2014 global


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