According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, “Tourism is one of the world’s most important economic sectors. It employs one in every ten people on Earth and provides livelihoods to hundreds of millions more.
“International tourist arrivals at the start of 2022 were double the level recorded in 2021. In some regions, arrivals are already at, or even above, pre-pandemic levels. The lifting of the remaining travel restrictions, alongside rising consumer confidence, will be important drivers for the sector’s recovery, bringing hope and opportunity to many millions of people around the world.
“World Tourism Day will be celebrated as the shift towards tourism is being recognized as a crucial pillar for development and as progress is well underway. May 2022 marked the first time the United Nations General Assembly held a special debate on tourism, illustrating the historic relevance of the sector. Tourism is now on the agenda of governments and of international organizations in every global region.”
Source: Quarterly Services Survey (QSS).
Note: Click on the image above for the webpage with two tables. Click on “Bar Chart” above the top table for the interactive version of the bar chart above. The dip, beginning in Q2-2020, corresponds with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: 2020 Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances.
Note: In two Table 1 links above, “General revenue from own sources” include the following lines:
Source: 2019 Service Annual Survey (SAS).
Source: 2017 Economic Census.
From the Newsroom / Random Samplings (blog):
“…tourism plays a significant role in the success of certain types of businesses across various areas of the country…” The blog shared links to the four travel-related infographics shown below.