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10 TOURISM A key sector in the world Over the past six decades, tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification, becoming one of the biggest and fastest-growing economic sectors in the world. International tourist arrivals worldwide have grown from 25 million in 1950 to nearly 1.2 billion in 2015. Similarly, international tourism revenues earned by destinations around the world have grown from 2 billion US dollars in 1950 to 1.260 trillion in 2015 (1.136 trillion euros).2 Currently, tourism motivates billions of people to travel every year, and it is estimated that the figure will continue to grow at an average of 3.3% annually until 2030. According to the long-term forecasts of the UNWTO, international tourist arrivals worldwide will grow to 1.8 billion.3 Noteworthy is the resilience shown by the sector in recent years, which despite challenges such as the global economic crisis, natural disasters and pandemics, has experienced almost uninterrupted growth. This growth over the second half of the 20th century and the 21st is due to the fact that access to tourism has progressively expanded thanks to the 2 UNWTO Tourism Highlights (Madrid: UNWTO, 2016 Edition). 3 UNWTO Tourism Towards 2030 Global Overview, (Madrid: UNWTO, October 2011)


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