The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has released its 2017 Global Economic Impact Report, and it makes for some interesting reading. The report reveals that the international business travel sector is expected to increase by a healthy 3.7 percent per year over the next 10 years. This report, which was released to great fanfare at the WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok, has cast the spotlight on some of the fastest growing business travel regions, all of which are expected to be the major winners in the business travel stakes. These areas include China with 9.5% growth, Myanmar with 8.7% growth, Rwanda and Gabon with 8.5% growth respectively, Hong Kong with 8% growth, Tanzania with 7.9% growth, Cambodia with 7.4% growth and India with 7.2% growth.
Unsurprisingly, currently the “Big 5” business destinations remain the United States, China, the UK, Germany and Japan, all of which have introduced visa improvements to help promote ease of travel and in turn economic growth. This economic growth is staggering when viewed in numbers, with travel and tourism generating upwards of USD$7 trillion in GDP, all of which has helped to create and sustain more than 292 million jobs across the globe. As one would expect, business travel has proven to be a vital part of the travel industry, and is a major force behind global growth. This is because business travel drives interpersonal relationships, creates investment opportunities, and improves supply chain logistics, all of which help to support and maintain international trade flows.
For your convenience, we’ve supplied a direct link to the 2017 World Travel & Tourism Council Global Economic Impact Report here. This report highlights a number of interesting facts, including:
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