Country Economic Impact Analysis

WTTC produces reports and forecasts of the economic and employment impact of Travel & Tourism for 185 countries and 25 geographic or economic regions in the world. Our 10-year forecasts also provide a unique understanding of Travel & Tourism’s future growth, economic importance and social influence.

WTTC produces reports and forecasts of the economic and employment impact of Travel & Tourism for 185 countries and 25 geographic or economic regions in the world. Our 10-year forecasts also provide a unique understanding of Travel & Tourism’s future growth, economic importance and social influence.

These reports are a vital tool in helping us to equip public and private sector bodies with hard evidence of the huge value Travel & Tourism brings to the economy, so that their policy-making and investment decisions support our sector.

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WTTC’s latest annual research, in conjunction with Oxford Economics, shows Travel & Tourism’s contribution to world GDP outpaced the global economy for the seventh consecutive year in 2017.

In 2017, Travel & Tourism’s direct, indirect and induced impact accounted for:

  • US$8.3 trillion contribution to the world’s GDP, 10.4% of global GDP
  • 313 million jobs, 1 in 10 jobs around the world
  • US$1.5 trillion exports (6.5% of total exports, 28.8% of global services exports)
  • US$882 billion investment (4.5% of total investment)

The research shows that 2017 was a bumper year for the global Travel & Tourism sector, which grew at 4.6%, much faster than the economy as a whole (3% growth during 2017). Its role as a driver of prosperity is clear, as the sector created 7 million new jobs in 2017, 1 in 5 of all new jobs across the world.

WTTC is proud to continue to provide this clear and empirical data in order to help both public and private bodies make the right decisions for the future growth of a sustainable Travel & Tourism sector.