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Making an Impact

Tourism is an especially important source of employment for less-favored groups, including youth and women.

A 2018 UNWTO report cited several reasons for this: strong growth, local recruitment, the availability of low-skilled jobs and the potential for entrepreneurship.

Women account for 58.5 percent of hotel and restaurant employees in Latin America and 55.4 percent in the Caribbean, according to a study by UNWTO and UN Women.

Tourism has the potential to further sustainability initiatives on several fronts. When it designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the UN singled out the industry’s role in five areas:

  • inclusive and sustainable economic growth
  • social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
  • resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
  • cultural values, diversity and heritage
  • mutual understanding, peace and security