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Tourism Stories: Community Development on the Ground

Tourism is one of the most significant economic sectors of our time. Moving more than one billion people across international borders each year, tourism today accounts for 9% of global GDP and one in every 11 jobs on the planet.

Behind the impressive numbers are all the chefs, innkeepers, artisans, taxi drivers, shopkeepers, bakers, guides, and millions of others who make up the bulk of the tourism sector, which for many represents a vital opportunity for a better life.

UNWTO’s Tourism Stories – How tourism enriched my life, consists of an array of first person stories from the people working in tourism, and how this has contributed to improving their lives and the welfare of their communities.

Follow the links below to get to know some of the stories, and make sure to download your own copy of the book to read them all. 

Learn the stories:

Cristina Suaña – Floating Hotels of Los Uros (Peru)

Alonso Bermúdez Paniagua – A cultural hotel, a community haven (Costa Rica)

Nguyen Thi Ba - Viet Nam's ladies of the river (Viet Nam)


World Tourism Day 2014: Tourism Stories from UNWTO on Vimeo.

Updated information will be available always in English and Spanish, whereas information in French will be available shortly after.