According to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s latest Economic Impact Report (EIR), the travel and tourism sector is expected to create nearly 126 million new jobs within the next decade.
The bullish forecast from the WTTC also shows the sector will be a driving force of the global economic recovery, creating one in three of all new jobs.
The EIR report shows travel and tourism’s GDP is forecasted to grow at an average rate of 5.8% annually between 2022-2032, outstripping the 2.7% growth rate for global economy, to reach US$ 14.6 trillion (11.3% of the total global economy).
The report also shows global travel and tourism GDP could reach pre-pandemic levels by 2023 — just 0.1% below 2019 levels. The sector’s contribution to GDP is expected to grow a massive 43.7% to almost US$ 8.4 trillion by the end of 2022, amounting to 8.5% of the total global economic GDP – just 13.3% behind 2019 levels.
This will be matched by a boost in Travel & Tourism employment, which is expected to approach 2019 levels in 2023, only 2.7% below.
Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO, said: “Over the next decade travel and tourism will create 126 million new jobs worldwide. In fact, one in three of every new job created will be related to our sector.”
Simpson continued: “Looking to this year and the next, WTTC forecast a brighter future with both GDP and employment set to reach pre-pandemic levels by next year.”
And WTTC’s boss noted that: “The recovery in 2021 was slower than expected due in part to the impact of the Omicron variant but mainly due to an uncoordinated approach by governments who rejected the advice of the World Health Organization, which maintained that closing borders would not stop the spread of the virus but would only serve to damage economies and livelihoods.”
Go to www.wttc.org for more.