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Worldwide tourism leaders tout travel for employment stimulation

Worldwide tourism leaders tout travel for employment stimulation

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) are calling upon the leaders who plan to travel to Mexico during next week's G20 summit in Los Cabos to focus on international travel as a tool for job stimulation.

According to UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai and WTTC President David Scowsill, the tourism industry has the potential to create billions of dollars in gross domestic product (GDP) and millions of new jobs in countries where the economy is faltering. Tourism revenue already accounts for 9 percent of the GDP, and both organizations predict that the number of travelers this year will reach 1 billion, with 1.8 billion tourists expected by 2030.

Out of the 656 million international tourists that traveled to G20 countries last year, about 110 million of them needed a visa - a speed bump that the UNWTO and WTTC believe has hindered many people from visiting foreign countries.

"By facilitating visas, the G20 countries stand to gain 5 million jobs at a time of rampant unemployment across the world," Rifai and Scowsill issued in a press release. "These are in addition to the hundreds of millions of direct and indirect jobs already being supported every day by the sector."

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