International tourism - additional information
Travel has become more accessible to people around the world over the past few decades and, as a result, the global tourism industry has boomed, particularly in more recent years. From an already sizeable 475 billion U.S. dollar revenue in 2000, the industry proceeded to generate more than 1.2 trillion dollars in 2016. Tourism’s total contribution to the global economy in 2016 was around 7.61 trillion U.S. dollars, so it is not surprising that global leaders have placed much emphasis on the promotion of tourism in their own countries. The effects on tourism are also often among the first things to be considered when countries are suffering crises, such as war and disease.
International tourist arrivals exceeded one billion in 2016 and, by 2030, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has forecasted that this figure will rise to 1.81 billion. Each year, Europe is the region receiving by far the largest number of international tourist arrivals worldwide, followed by the Asia Pacific region.
With tourists comes spending. In 2016, Dubai benefited the most from visitor spending with tourists splashing out above 31 billion U.S. dollars there. London, New York and Bangkok attracted a lot of spenders too. Tourist spending also profits other large industries closely linked to tourism. The global hotel industry had a retail value of 493.76 billion U.S. dollars in 2015.