Tourism is often described as the world's largest industry on the basis of its
contribution to global gross domestic product (GDP), the number of jobs it generates,
and the number of clients it serves. The scale of the industry and the rate at
which it continues to grow present both opportunities and threats for biodiversity
The publication, jointly developed with Conservation
International, illustrates the overlap between tourism development (present
and forecasted) and biodiversity hotspots highlighting tourism related threats
and opportunities for biodiversity conservation and improved human welfare.
To explore the relationship between tourism development, biodiversity conservation
and poverty reduction at the global level, a series of maps were produced that
plot tourism and socio-economic data against priority biodiversity areas.
Please note that Map 4 as well as column
5 in the Data Sets annex have been mis-labeled.
The correct title should be: "International
Tourist Arrivals - Growth Between 1990-2000 (%)"