Tehran becomes the 2nd Fastest Growing City in Travel and Tourism Employment
According to a report published in October by the World Travel and Tourism Council in its latest “City Travel and Tourism Impact”, from the 72 cities reviewed, Tehran was the second fastest growing city in regards to travel and tourism employment during 2007-17, after Abu Dhabi.
Based on the details in the report, Tehran’s average direct travel and tourism employment growth over the 10-year period stood at 6.8% per annum.
Around 58,100 people were employed in the sector in 2007. In 2017 the figure rose to more than 112,200, to account for 3.8% of the city’s overall employment and 20.3% of Iran’s total employment in the tourism sector.
Tehran will have around 133,700 people employed in the tourism sector by 2027. This is the WTTC’s forecast and it may very well be done.
Tehran ranked sixth in the list of cities with the fastest average direct travel and tourism GDP growth over 2007-17, with an average growth of 7% per year. Tehran’s travel and tourism direct GDP share amounted to $1.4 billion in 2007, which increased to $2.7 billion in 2017, this was based on 2017 real prices. The figure will most likely stand at around $3.7 billion by 2027.
Chongqing, Chengdu, and Shanghai in China, Lagos in Nigeria and Guangzhou again in China were preceding Tehran in this category in a descending order.
Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Istanbul in Turkey, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Mumbai in India, were following Iran in the list, respectively.
The other fastest growing cities in terms of travel and tourism GDP over the past decade were less reliant on domestic travel demand, unlike Chinese cities.
Tehran, Ho Chi Minh City, and Mumbai have benefited from a mix of domestic and international travel growth while Abu Dhabi and Istanbul have seen much of their growth from the international travel market.
The Iranian metropolis ranked 11th in the list of fastest growing cities in tourism and travel GDP creation, this was in 2016-17. According to WTTC Tehran’s GDP growth was at 9% in the sector over that period. Cairo led this category with 34.4 percent.
Around 58,100 people were employed in the sector in Tehran during the year 2007. 20.3 percent of Iran’s total employment in the tourism sector rose to more than 112,200 in 2017 to account for 3.8% of the city’s overall employment.
the WTTC report says that with over half a billion trips to cities annually, famous metropolises have become catalysts of global travel, driving significant increases in travel and tourism within city boundaries and for wider country destinations.
Travel to city destinations in the past decade has grown more rapidly than total international travel demand. This growth directly generated $625 billion or 6.7% of total GDP across the 72 cities reviewed in this study, while industry accounted for 3.2% of global GDP.
54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, so cities have become global economic hubs. These urban centers will continue to attract more people who will come to live, do business and discover them. They are drivers of growth, innovation and job creation. By the year 2050, 68% of the global population is expected to live in cities. This growth can be translated into the rise of city tourism, and it should be because it is forecasted to last.
According to the latest report of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Iran’s tourism industry recorded a negative growth rate in 2017.
Iran hosted about 4.86 million tourists in 2017 alone, recording a 1.5% fall compared to that of the year before. This was based on the organization’s tourism highlights published in August. Only in the year 2016 alone, the country had been selected as a travel destination by over 4.9 million people.
According to UNWTO, the figure in 2010 was 2.9 million people, which allows a broader comparison.
UNWTO reported that on tourism revenues in Iran, the country had earned $2.43 billion in 2010 and $3.71 billion in 2016, but the earnings in 2017 were not disclosed.