10 countries most dependent on tourism

Online visa application and assistance processing firm official-esta.com has analysed the number of tourism jobs available in over 170 countries around the world to reveal how many jobs are created for every 100 tourists visiting.

In 2019, 1.5 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded, globally, and we’re expected to see an increase in travel percentages in 2020, with a 4% increase on last year. Tourists visiting countries generate a demand for new jobs to be created – tourists need restaurants, bars and attractions to visit, therefore, these places need staff.

So which countries have created the most tourism jobs for every 100 people that visit?

Country  Jobs per tourist Jobs per 100 tourists 
Bangladesh 9 944
India 2 172
Pakistan  2 154
Venezuela  1 101
Ethiopia  1 99
Madagascar  1 93
Philippines 1 83
Guinea  1 77
Libya 1 68
Nigeria 1 66

Bangladesh comes in the top spot for having the most tourism jobs available for every tourist that arrives – with just short of 1,000 (944) jobs available for every 100 tourists that arrive, this equates to nine jobs for every tourist.

Despite there being a big gap between the first and second rankings, India follows Bangladesh with over 25,000,000 (26,741,000) tourism jobs available – this equates to two jobs being available for every tourist visiting. India is one of the fastest-growing outbound tourism markets in the world as there has been a great rise in Indians travelling from a younger age.

Tourism provides jobs where they are needed the most – and most of the time, tourism is a driver of job growth and a healthy economy. In 2017, 1 in 5 of all new jobs created worldwide was due to demands from tourism.

Jayne Forrester, director of International Development at official-esta.com, comments: “Bangladesh takes the lead as the country with the most jobs available for every 100 tourists visiting. This is really positive for the Bangladeshi community – and the people visiting there – because it means that there is a thriving economy that has a demand for roles to be filled.”

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