Economic Importance of Tourism:
- Tourism creates jobs for local people (e.g. in restuarants and hotels which are direct jobs) which helps the economy to grow and increase the income of other businesses that supply the tourism industry (e.g. farms).
- Businesses that supply the tourism industry are indirect jobs which increase economy further a field (multiplier effect) so tourism is important in rich and poor countries.
- In 2006 tourism in France created 2 million jobs and generated 35 Billion Euros.
- Poorer countries tend to be more dependant on tourism than richer ones, e.g. tourism makes up 3% of the UK's GNPcompared to 15% of Kenya's.
Contribution of Tourism to the UK Economy: