Green Economy in a Blue World. Tourism


Green Economy in a Blue World - Tourism illustrates some characteristics about the world tourism industry, especially focusing on the Blue Flag certificate, the Gross Domestic Product, Employment and Flight Arrivals reliant to tourism.

Green Economy in a Blue World tries to harmonies tourism and the ecosystem dependent economic values. A strong tourism sector is essential for many countries around the world. It plays a major role for economical prosperity. But tourism threatens the environment. Rising needs for drinking water, energy and resources puts especially weak economies under pressure. Pollution due to waste water and garbage caused by the tourism sector endangers other economies such as fishery or agriculture.

A green economy results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. The UNEP Green Economy in a Blue World report looks at the opportunities of greening six economic sectors of particular relevance for the marine environment – fisheries & aquaculture, tourism, shipping, marine minerals, renewable energy and nutrients.

Sources: UNWTO, WorldBank, WTTC and BlueFlag

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Datasets used in this map

Population by Country 2010 (Count). Source: WorldBank Details B
Tourism Arrivals by Country 2009 (Count). Source: WorldBank Details B
Employees in Tourism Industries. By Country 2009 (Count in Thousand). Source:UNWTO Details B
GDP. By Country in current US$. Source WorldBank Details B
GDP of Tourism. By Country 2009. Travel & tourism total contribution to gdp (us$ bn). Source: WTTC Details B
Blue Flag - Beaches. By Country 2011 - by blue flag certificate (Count). Source BlueFlag Details B
Blue Flag - Marinas. By Country 2011 - by blue flag certificate (Count). Source BlueFlag Details B