World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) president and CEO David Scowsill, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (07-Aug-2013) the travel and tourism sector grew by 3% in 2012, outperforming overall economic growth. The industry's global contribution was USD6.6 trillion in GDP (9% in GDP), creating 260 million jobs (direct and indirect), which accounts for one in every in 11 jobs, with 5 million additional jobs created in 2012. International tourist arrivals grew 4% and 1 billion people travelled internationally for the first time in one year in 2012. This means that one in seven people globally crossed an international border in 2012.
Travel and tourism accounted for 9% of global GDP in 2012
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