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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).

The global travel and tourism sector grew at 3,9 percent to contribute a record USD8,8 trillion and 319 million jobs to the world economy in 2018. For the eighth consecutive year, this was above the growth rate of world GDP.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the International Border Management & Technologies Association (IBMATA) announced a partnership to promote safe, secure and seamless travel across international borders making best use of new and emerging technology, while enhancing border security.