Pre-COVID, the tourism industry was one of the world's largest:

  • Total global tourist arrivals reached nearly 11.9 billion in 2017 – that's 1.6 times as many as the total global population;

  • Global tourist revenue amounted USD 8.9 trillion, around 10.3% of GDP in 2019;

  • 1 in 10 jobs around the world were in tourism equalling 330 million jobs.

WTCF 2019

Tourism Arrivals, 2016

Tourism Departures per 1,000, 2017 (OurWorldInData)

Travel & Tourism Global Impact 2020 (2019 Data) (WTTC)

Travel & Tourism Top 20 Countries in GDP, 2019 (WTTC)

Tourist Spending, 2018 (

Tourism Dependence, 2017 (

Countries Most Reliant on Tourism (VisualCapitalist 2020)

International Tourism down 70% in 2020
(UNWTO Tourism Barometer)

Tourism Competitiveness Report: Country Profiles

Global Travel Market Study (Oxford Economics-Trip Advisor)

FlightRadar24 - Track flights around the world

Should you flush the toilet paper? - Infographic and map (MindOfAHitchhiker)

Voluntourism: new book explores how volunteer trips harm rather than help (The Guardian)