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The US retained its status as the world’s largest travel and tourism economy despite a standstill in international visitors from China, according to major new research released by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The global travel and tourism sector grew at 3,9 percent to contribute a record USD8,8 trillion and 319 million jobs to the world economy in 2018. For the eighth consecutive year, this was above the growth rate of world GDP.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the International Border Management & Technologies Association (IBMATA) announced a partnership to promote safe, secure and seamless travel across international borders making best use of new and emerging technology, while enhancing border security.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) welocmed Botswana Tourism Organisation (BTO), as its newest member and the first destination partner from Africa.

President Ramaphosa of South Africa is a Travel & Tourism job creation champion for his ambition to double the number of people employed in the sector, according to Gloria Guevara, CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).


The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) released its annual Cities Report at the WTTC Asia Leaders Forum in Macau, SAR. The Report covers 72 of the world’s most important tourism cities, which together generated over USD625 billion contribution to GDP in 2017 (24,3 percent of global Travel & Tourism GDP).

Travel and tourism generated 18 percent of New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017 according to research published by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) are partnering to achieve the benefits of biometrics and deliver traveller digital identity management throughout the travel and tourism sector for a seamless passenger experience.

During the annual general meeting of International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Sydney, Australia the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) presented conclusions shared during the Tourism Ministers of G20 Economies meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Virgin Atlantic won World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Tourism for Tomorrow Innovation Award.