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Positive economic impacts

Tourism stimulates infrastructure development which contributes indirectly and directly to the entire economy, such as the erection of new airports that are vital to the enhancement of international commerce and trade.

It injects revenues in the form of foreign currency into the country’s financial system through taxes and increases employment in general, and that of the low-skilled and uneducated labour force in particular.

Overall tourism boosts the economy in many countries according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (n.d.). In 2013, for example, travel and tourism generated more than US$37 billion in GDP in Australia (2.4% of GDP) and in terms of jobs more than 505,000 of the 11.6 million jobs (4.3%) in that year, ranking eighth among major industries (World Tourism and Travel Council, n.d.).

However, the scale and scope of its contribution depends on national and regional policies and the extent to which these address various aspects e.g. supporting the training of potential employees to enhance their skills, allocating land use for tourism facilities etc. (Fletcher et al., 2018).

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References

Fletcher, J., Fyall, A., Gilbert, D. & Wanhill, S. (2018). Tourism: Principles and practice (6th ed). Pearson. https://locate.coventry.ac.uk/permalink/f/gr8698/COV_ALMA51103766060002011

World Travel and Tourism Council (n.d.). Total economy analysis – 5 key countries. https://www.wttc.org/economic-impact/benchmark-reports/total-economy-analysis-5-key-countries/

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