Tourism can help increase exports, drive economic growth and create jobs, ministers say at Paris summit
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —Tourism ministers from developed countries meeting in Paris say tourism should be considered a significant economic driver and incorporated into economic development policies by governments around the world — especially in the area of job growth.
The meeting resulted in a declaration calling on members of the G20 to “register the importance and impact of tourism as a topic of discussion in the coming years’ summits” considering the “significant economic and social potential of tourism for the global economy, employment and sustainable development”.
“We need to convince our decision-makers of the importance of tourism to the economy and employment,” said Mr. Frederic Lefebvre, Minister of Tourism of France, opening the meeting. “In these challenging times, we need to maximize our strengths and tourism is one of them,” he added. (more…)