With more than 1.6 billion people travelling around the world each year, tourism has become a powerful and transformative force. It makes a genuine difference to the lives of millions of people, supporting one in every eleven jobs worldwide.
In this International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, Friends of Europe has created a factsheet highlighting the huge potential of tourism for driving sustainable development – as well as how badly-managed tourism can have hugely negative effects on the environment, natural resources and cultural heritage.
Find out more about sustainable tourism and its importance for global development.
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