Given the turmoil that has befallen our world over the last year, it’s important to see how this affects different countries in different ways.
Today we’ll be looking at the countries that rely most on tourism. Considering how hard COVID-19 has hit the tourism industry, it’s safe to say that some of these countries may be struggling.
Around the world, 44 countries rely on the travel and tourism industry for more than 15% of their total share of employment. To bring this a step further, there are 3 countries where travel and tourism jobs have more than a 70% share of overall jobs within the economy (these countries being Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, and St. Lucia).
Given how small the previously mentioned countries are, it’s still unfortunate–but not very surprising–how much of their economies are reliant on tourism. However, larger countries are affected by this as well. For example, Croatia raked in $13 billion alone from tourism last year, with travel and tourism affecting over 383,000 jobs. Also, take a look at Jamaica. With a population of over 2.9 million, over 30% of total employment in Jamaican depends on the travel industry.
It’s truly unfortunate how much of a toll COVID-19 has taken on our world as a whole, and this infographic really puts at least one aspect of it into perspective.