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28 OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE TOURISM SECTOR As is clear from the previous section, tourism is one of the largest and fastest-growing economic sectors of the world, accounting for 10% of world GDP and 7% of total international exports in 2015. These numbers reflect the great potential of the sector and its capacity to influence global challenges, particularly in relation with sustainable economic growth, inclusive development and environmental preservation. The sector has huge potential for creating decent jobs and promoting entrepreneurship, helping to empower disadvantaged groups, particularly young people and women. Tourism also promotes exchanges between people from different parts of the world, strengthening understanding between cultures and fostering peace between communities and nations. Tourism is therefore one of the most dynamic and far-reaching economic sectors, and can make a decisive contribution to the achievement of the SDGs.


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