Welcome to our travel blog and today we’re counting down our picks for the top ten countries who need a tourism rebound. For this list, we’re looking at a variety of travel destinations that are dependent on tourism or whose economies were hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.
10 Billy’s this beautiful coastal country in Central America
Tends to fly under the radar with international travelers. As such, you might not think that tourism would play an especially important role in its economy. Here’s the thing, though. In a country of only about 410,000 people, 1.7 million visitors represents a huge chunk of change for locals. In fact, the tourism industry in Belize is second only to agriculture in terms of economic importance. In case you’re unfamiliar with this. Unique destination here are a few reasons why you should consider it for your first post pandemic trip. First of all, the total number of tourists remains low relative to comparable beach destinations and the cost of living is appropriately modest. The snorkeling and scuba diving is excellent and there are seemingly Mayan ruins around every corner.
9 Venezuela according to Forbes
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The tourism industry in troubled Venezuela employs one person per traveler that visits the country. So when travel came to a screeching halt in 2020, countless locals found themselves out of work. To be honest, Venezuela already had enough going against it before COVID-19. After the tourism industry peaked at just about 1,000,000 visitors in 2012 and 2013, the country was thrown into political and economic turmoil as the world rallies around Venezuela in hopes for political stability and a brighter future. It’s widely believed that tourism can and will eventually play a major role in the nations. Economic growth and quite frankly, it’s easy to understand why Venezuela is a land of beautiful beaches. Incredible diverse landscapes and the people are extremely hospitable despite the hardships they’ve endured.
So remember how we said the tourism and related industries employ one Venezuelan for every tourist? Well in Bangladesh the ratio is 9 to one, as in every traveller who visits the South Asian country leads to the employment of nine people. Tourism numbers are historically fairly low in Bangladesh. Otherwise the stoppage of travel would have been a major crisis. Even so, it’s estimated that over 1.2 million locals are directly employed by tourism, with numerous other jobs being supported by the industry. So all things considered, Bangladesh could really use a leg up in terms of tourism in 2021 for all the travelers out there who seek authenticity and unique experiences. This is it because the tourism industry remains relatively small. You’re guaranteed to receive a warm welcome from the beaches and mangrove forests to the rich culture of fishing and delicious seafood. Bangladesh is a feast for the senses.
7 Brazil tourism represents
Well, that might not sound like a massive portion of the economy. The dollar value paints a very different picture. In 2019, tourism brought in approximately 97.11 billion U.S. dollars. That’s a lot of money for a country’s economy to have one year and watched disappear. The next garden of all the world. Renowned celebration in particular is a major annual economic booster for the country and sadly had to be canceled, leaving the city of Rio de Janeiro in shock. This marked the first time that the event was interrupted in a century. So yeah, you better believe that the people of Brazil are primed to make up for lost time in terms of the economic impact of COVID on Brazil. It’s hard to quantify. But considering everything the country has to offer, we suspect that Brazil will have no trouble rebounding as soon as people are willing to travel.
6 India in India tourism
Represents 6.8% of the GDP. Looking at it from a different perspective, the industry employs roughly 2 locals for every visitor, unlike in Bangladesh. However, where the number of visitors is only about 115,000, India receives roughly 9 million international tourists every year. And that number is growing at an impressive rate. Combining these figures, you’ve got roughly 18 million people who lost their livelihoods in 2020. So eventually let’s come together and make up for that economic hit. India, with its countless landmarks, delicious cuisine and incredible shopping, is just about one of the most rewarding trips a person can take. Given that the cost of living is so low, your budget also goes extra far, meaning that you can contribute to the recovering economy and treat yourself. At the same time.
5 the Bahamas
what comes to mind when you think of the Bahamas? Chances are that it’s a picturesque stretch of sand, a beach umbrella and an ice cold tropical drinks sweating in the sun. He wind everyone else in the world. But what you might not realize is that the tourism industry represents a staggering 48.3% of the country’s GDP, or a total of approximately $4.5 billion. Travel employs roughly 115,000 people. And while that might sound like a small number relative to India’s tourism workforce, it actually represents more than 55% of the nation’s jobs. All that to say, when you start talking about potential destinations for your next trip, consider the Bahamas with palm trees, warm waters and impeccable ocean views. It’s not like vacationing in the Bahamas as much of a compromise, and after the year we’ve had in 2020, a beachfront vacation seems like just what the doctor ordered.
Number 4 Australia
Got any friends living down under ask them how the housing market is doing in recent years Australia has been treated as a promised land of sorts, boasting huge immigration numbers. As such, the cost of living and accommodations in cities has skyrocketed when the pandemic hit. However, countless aspiring Australian citizens went home, leaving a massive void in the typically bustling cities of Melbourne and Sydney. With COVID-19 seemingly under control in Australia, the locals are doing their part to kick start. Xconomy by flocking back to restaurants, bars and other local businesses. But given that the country typically attracts over 8.5 million tourists annually plus hundreds of thousands of immigrants, there is still a lot of lost income to make up for. Hopefully Australia can safely open its borders sooner rather than later.
3, Italy Italy was one of
The first countries to be hit hard by COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic there were a number of thinkpieces making the rounds about how the. Break from international travel could create an opportunity for cities like Venice to recover from over tourism. Well there is an element of truth to that silver lining. The fact remains that Italy is a country that’s hugely dependent on tourism. Yes, the number of travelers needs to be more limited in the most popular destinations, but the importance of their presence to the country’s economic health cannot be overstated. Tourism represents 13% of the GDP, nearly 15% of all jobs and over 230. Billion dollars in revenue. The country receives an average of over 90 million visitors each and every year. There is really nothing else but a tourist rebound that can make up the difference.
2 Spain, Spain
like Italy, has something of a love hate relationship with tourism. It’s a major economic driver in the country, but the tourists are so numerous that locals have begun to push back against the crowds in cities like Barcelona, when tourism represents 10% of your GDP and 200 and. 18 billion U.S. dollars annually. However, perspectives can quickly change. The hope is that post COVID countries like Spain, can welcome tourists back while also changing the way that tourism operates within its borders, hopefully shifting towards a more sustainable model that involves less cultural erosion. Spain needs a major tourism rebound. Thankfully of all the countries for which that’s true.
1 Spain is especially
Well positioned to recover quickly with its name, recognition, wealth of landmarks. Mouthwatering cuisine and breathtaking landscapes, it sells itself. Number one Mexico. Mexico has long been a go to for those in need of a quick and inexpensive beach getaway. More recently, Mexico City has become something of an IT destination, giving the already popular country even wider appeal. Unfortunately, according to Statista, the size of Mexico’s economy paired with the fact that tourism represents 15.5% of the GDP makes it among the most vulnerable countries. Economically speaking, we have no doubt that people will once again. Flock to the beaches when it’s once again safe to travel to help the country make up for $172 billion. It lost out on in 2020. However, our hope is that travelers can eventually expand their definition of a trip to Mexico, regional cuisines, natural landscapes, smaller historic towns and villages. Mexico has far more to offer than ipalapa and margaritas. Let’s make sure that Mexico not only rebounds, but that it does so in a way that spreads the wealth. Do you agree with our picks? Check out this other recent clip from Mojo. Travels and be sure to subscribe and ring the bell to be notified about our latest videos.