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Travel accounts for 9% of global GDP, one in every 12 jobs and up to 8% of the total exports of the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the latter being key to lifting large swaths of the world out of poverty, and that’s what UNWTO is pushing.
The UN World Tourism Organization has been hyping up the one-billion-tourists-traveled-in-2012 mark today, which in and of itself is just a random marker, but on a macro level globally means more jobs — travel accounts for one in every 12 jobs and 30% of the world’s services exports — especially more jobs that lead to the rise of the global middle class.
So where did these one billion tourists come from, where did they go and how did they get there? A convenient infographic from UNWTO tell you: