“The travel industry employed one in 11 people in the world’s working population in 2015, supporting more than 284 million jobs that contributed more than $7.2 trillion to global GDP.” – Skift

In 2015 alone, about 7.2 million new jobs were generated by travel and tourism, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 2016 global economic impact report, a study that reviewed the travel industry on a worldwide level. The industry’s direct contribution to world GDP and employment in 2015 was 2.2 trillion and 108 million jobs respectively.

These jobs include employment by hotels, travel agents, transportation services, and any business of the restaurant and leisure industries directly supported by tourists.

The WTTC states that although major challenges such as terrorism, falls in currency, and disease epidemics have impacted travel on a country or regional level, travel internationally in 2015 did very well.

For the U.S. specifically, the number of international travelers to the U.S. is still expected to grow over the next five years, bringing over 70 million international travelers to our country this year, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

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Courtesy of the U.S. Travel Association 

By 2026, travel is expected to directly account for 135.8 million jobs globally with an increase of 2.1 percent annual over the next 10 years.

As someone who accounts for one of the millions employed by the travel industry in the world, I am truly impressed by the impact that tourism has on creating jobs and revenue for the global population.

We in the travel industry can only continue to encourage people to travel internationally, hoping that the current global unrest will not discourage them.