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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).

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.

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.

Travel and tourism in Kenya grew faster than the regional average and significantly above other economies in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to new research from the World Travel & Tourism Council.

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 World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) released its annual Cities Report at the WTTC Asia Leaders Forum in Macau, SAR. The Report covers 72 of the world’s most important tourism cities, which together generated over USD625 billion contribution to GDP in 2017 (24,3 percent of global Travel & Tourism GDP).

Travel and tourism generated 18 percent of New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017 according to research published by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) congratulated the European Union (EU) on the adoption of the new European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), a pre-authorisation system which allows the EU to know who is entering the EU, from where and if they pose a risk to EU security.