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 TOURISM FACTS
Less than one in 10 people are estimated to have been on an international flight
China is expected to unseat France as world’s most visited country by 2020
16% of foreign trips are in East Asia – up from 1% in 1950

Sources: IATA, Worldwatch Institute

By some measures tourism is the world’s largest industry, accounting for 11% of global GDP and a similar proportion of world employment. Find out more from the charts and statistics below.


The chart represents each person’s annual share of the Earth’s resources, if they were divided up fairly among the entire population. The World Wide Fund for Nature estimates that a two-week trip to Cyprus takes up half of our annual “earthshare”.

 Top 10 international tourism spenders and earners

Spenders

Share of total %

Earners

Share of total %
United States 14.0 United States 18.0
Germany 10.0 Spain 6.5
UK 7.7 France 6.3
Japan 6.6 Italy 5.8
France 3.6 UK 4.1
Italy 3.2 Germany 3.7
Canada 2.6 China 3.4
Netherlands 2.5 Austria 2.4
China n/a Canada 2.3
Belgium/Luxembourg n/a Greece 1.9
Top 10 total 50.2 Top 10 total 54.4
 Source: Worldwatch Institute
The developing world has experienced a surge in tourism in recent years – but most of the top 10 earners are still in the West.

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