International sporting events like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup are huge for tourism. Purists are all about the game however, like any big event, there is a lot of geography to unpack outside of the day-to-day matches. The Digital Atlas Project has combed the many media outlets to curate an ever-growing list of articles that take you beyond the hype of the game itself. Open the list to the right to learn more.

Tourism and COVID-19

WTTC Economic Impact Reports:

  • Following a loss of almost US$4.9 trillion in 2020 (-50.4% decline), Travel & Tourism's contribution to GDP increased by US$1 trillion (+21.7% rise) in 2021.

  • In 2019, the Travel & Tourism sector contributed 10.3% to global GDP; a share which decreased to 5.3% in 2020 due to ongoing restrictions to mobility. 2021 saw the share increasing to 6.1%.

  • In 2020, 62 million jobs were lost, representing a drop of 18.6%, leaving just 271 million employed across the sector globally, compared to 333 million in 2019. 18.2 million jobs were recovered in 2021, representing an increase of 6.7% year-on-year.

WTTC Travel & Tourism Impact 2019

WTTC Travel & Tourism Impact 2020

WTTC Travel & Tourism Impact 2021

UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, January 2022

Will global tourism survive the COVID Crisis? (Al Jazeera, 25min)

2020 Worst year on record for tourism

Unprecedented Impact from COVID-19

2021 International Tourist Arrivals

International Tourist Arrivals by Month (2019-2021)

International Tourist Arrivals and Tourism Receipts 2000-2021

Travel and Tourism Contributions to GDP, 2019 (

The Economic Impact of Tourism

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

Tourism Issues


Tourism and Climate Change