Seamless travel boosts jobs

SYDNEY, 4 June 2018: Seven to 19 million jobs can be created by investing in biometrics and airport infrastructure in G20 countries according to a presentation made by World Travel and Tourism Council.

The presentation was made during last week’s annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association in Sydney.

It was based on conclusions shared during a recent meeting of the Tourism Ministers of the G20 Economies in Buenos Aires.

WTTC president-Gloria Guevara

The report demonstrated that the G20 countries could create 7 to 19 million jobs through public and private sector joint ventures to deliver a seamless passenger experience at airports.

IATA reported 4.1 billion passengers used air travel in 2017, a new record with a promising forecast of 7.8 billion passengers by 2036, worldwide.

At the same time, the UNWTO anticipates a rise in international visitor arrivals from 1.3 billion in 2017 to 1.8 billion by 2030.

Travel and tourism’s GDP grew 50% more than the world economy in 2017 at 4.6% and the projections indicate that tourism will continue to outpace global economy growth in the future.

WTTC estimates that between 12% and 31% of all the future new jobs in travel and tourism across the G20 countries could be created by adopting a seamless passenger journey and the use of technology and biometrics solutions, in addition to infrastructure investment.

This includes making existing terminal facilities and processes more efficient, more secure and seamless.

WTTC president, Gloria Guevara said: “Travel and tourism is the best partner for governments to create jobs. At present we contribute with 10.4% of global GDP and 313 million jobs are supported by travel and tourism, which is 1 in 10 jobs on the planet.  One in every five jobs last year created in the world were in our sector, and millions more can be created if public and private sector continue working together”.