Tourism is a rapidly growing industry and has far-reaching economic and environmental impact across the world.
The growth of tourism
In 2010, 940 million people were recorded as arriving in a country from abroad because of tourism. This is worth $919 billion dollars, making tourism one of the world’s largest industries. (Source: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO))
Growth in tourism measured by international arrivals
Tourism is also one of the world’s fastest-growing industries. In 2010, the Middle East and Asia had the greatest growth of tourists. Europe still has the greatest number of tourists – nearly 500 million in 2010.
International Tourist Arrivals (in millions)
|Asia and the pacific||55.8||82.0||110.1||153.6||184.1||180.9||203.8|
Tourism market growth in 2010 (compared to 2009)
|Asia and the pacific||12.7%|
The tourism industry therefore is very important to economic growth as well as the environment.
Tourism can help a country’s economy and infrastructure. For example it provides jobs. Some countries such as the Caribbean have tourism as their main source of income.