Tourism : Tourism And Heritage Tourism

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Growth of Tourism and Heritage Tourism

Tourism is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries and businesses, employing 7.4 million people in the United States with a payroll of $183 billion, and federal, state, and local tax revenues of $113 billion. Tourism contributed $704 billion to the United States economy in 2009. Tourism is the third largest industry in Texas, directly supporting 500,000 jobs and indirectly supporting 419,000 jobs. In San Antonio alone, the tourism industry employs more than 113,000 workers who annually generate $12.2 billion dollars back into the local economy. Tourism is one of San Antonio’s largest industries.

The number of international tourists grew over 5% in 2013 to 1,087 million, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Annual Report 2013. The Americas had 169 million tourists, an increase of 6 million (over 4%). North America had more than a 4% increase in international tourists.

Tourism is an empowering phenomenon in our modern, leisure oriented society and can have a positive role in the development and revitalization of historic areas. According to a 2009 Mandela Research study on U.S. cultural and heritage travel, 78% of leisure travelers participated in cultural and heritage activities. Approximately 63% of daily tourist activities are visits to famous places and urban spaces; consequently, tourism has become very important, especially for politicians, developers,…
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