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Published on : Feb 18, 2015

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) think, the travel and tourism industry is the language of peace. Today, this sector contributes by about 9% to the world’s GDP and provides one of 11 jobs. The travel and tourism business employs more than 63 million people in Asia, 12 million people in Europe, another 8 million in Africa. Despite the global tensions the global tourism industry continues to grow at a very resilient rate of 1%, which faster than the growth rate of global economy per year. 

David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC, who spoke at the IIPT World Symposium in Johannesburg further added that besides the economic benefits, it tourism industry is also doing a job of bringing people together, which is a major factor towards working for people. He emphatically stated that the stakeholders in the tourism industry these opportunities should be harnessed to rebuild reconciliation and justice amidst conflicts. 

IIPT World Symposium works towards promoting the larger picture of tourism such as curbing the environmental impact. To handle such widespread of initiatives, collecting and aggregating the data is a tough task, as each sub-sectors comes with its own unique needs. However, 
The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative has allowed setting up of standardized measurements for sustainable tourism.

Training people in the tourism industry is the key to development of tourism as it helps in meeting the needs of consumers. In the coming ten years, more than 40 million jobs will be at stake if the industry does not work on training people with essential skill sets.