Sustainable tourism, a unique opportunity for developing countries

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With the number of international visitor arrivals now exceeding 1 billion a year, tourism has become one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global economy: overall, the travel and tourism industry contributes to almost 10% of the world’s GDP, and is linked to 1 in 11 jobs.
 
The trend has largely benefited developing countries, which for the first time last year received more tourists than the developed world. At the World Bank, we believe that tourism, when done right, can provide our clients with a unique chance to grow their economies, bolster inclusion, and protect their environmental and cultural assets.
 
In this video, Lead Urban Specialist Ahmed Eiweida tells us more about the potential of sustainable tourism, and explains the Bank’s role in helping low and middle-income countries make the most of the international travel boom.

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Authors

Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez

Senior Director for the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice

Ahmed Eiweida

Lead Urban Specialist

Join the Conversation

Inneke Herawati Ross
February 18, 2016

Excellent and very informative. The Tourism and cultural heritage projects are really good vehicles to share prosperity to the poor countries. Congratulations, Ahmed and Ede.