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OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2020

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The 2020 edition analyses tourism performance and policy trends across 51 OECD countries and partner economies. It highlights the need for coherent and comprehensive approaches to tourism policy making, and the significance of the tourism economy, with data covering domestic, inbound and outbound tourism, enterprises and employment, and internal tourism consumption. Tourism policy priorities, reforms and developments are analysed and examples of country practices highlighted. Thematic chapters provide insights on preparing tourism businesses for the digital transformation, and rethinking tourism success to promote more sustainable and inclusive tourism development.

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United Kingdom

Tourism is a major part of the United Kingdom economy. In 2017, the Tourism Satellite Account estimated a direct contribution of GBP 59.7 billion in GVA, 3.2% of total GVA. Tourism is growing at a faster rate than the overall UK economy and an additional 9 million visitors are forecast by 2025. In 2015, 1.6 million jobs were directly attributable to tourism. When considering jobs in tourism-related industries, this figure rises to approximately 3 million, or one in ten of all jobs. Travel exports represented 12.2% of total service exports in 2018.

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