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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the global body that represents the private sector of the travel and tourism industry, commended the Portuguese government for recognising the importance of the sector to the overall economy, and making it a priority which has resulted in the travel and tourism sector growing 8,1 percent in 2018, contributing USD45,5 billion to the nation’s economy.

The World Travel & Tourism Council [WTTC], the global body that represents the private sector of the Travel & Tourism industry, has announced a partnership with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage to make Saudi Arabia a top five inbound destination, with 100 million international and domestic visits, by 2030.

The strategic partnership will harness the power and expertise of WTTC’s global membership, world class events and 30 years experience in research and strategic policy work to support Saudi Arabia’s ambitious goals and Vision 2030 plan.

According to WTTC’s annual economic impact research data, in 2018 Travel & Tourism directly accounted for three percent of Saudi Arabia’s GDP and supported 0.6 million jobs (five percent of employment).

Saudi Arabia, with a thriving religious tourism sector, is already the largest travel and tourism economy in the Middle East.

In 2018, wildlife tourism directly contributed USD120,1 billion to global GDP, versus the USD23 billion in revenue attributed to the illegal trade in wildlife, or 5,2 times more, according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

Travel and Tourism in South Africa contributed 1,5 million jobs and ZAR425,8 billion to the economy in 2018, making it the largest tourism economy in Africa, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) annual review of the economic impact and social importance of the sector released.

The travel and tourism economy of Rwanda grew by 13,8 percent in 2018, one of the fastest rates in the world, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) annual review of the economic impact and social importance of the sector.

2018 saw strong growth for Egyptian travel and tourism as it became the fastest-growing country in North Africa, growing by 16,5 percent - second only to Ethiopia when reviewing the whole continent.

Ethiopia’s travel and tourism economy grew by 48,6 percent in 2018, the largest of any country in the world, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) annual review of the economic impact and social importance of the sector.

Botswana’s travel and tourism economy grew 3,4 percent to exceed USD2,5 billion in 2018, and now contributes nearly one in every seven dollars in the country’s economy, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) annual review of the economic impact and social importance of the sector.

Travel and tourism in Africa is booming, growing 5,6 percent in 2018 compared to the global average of 3,9 percent and the broader African economy rate of 3,2 percent. This places Africa as the second-fastest growing tourism region behind only Asia-Pacific.

The US retained its status as the world’s largest travel and tourism economy despite a standstill in international visitors from China, according to major new research released by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).