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10 countries earning most tourist dollars

Last updated on: March 26, 2013 20:27 IST

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Tourism is an increasingly important industry for many countries. According to the World Economic Forum, it accounts for nine per cent of global gross domestic product and is projected to represent one in every 10 jobs by 2022, according to 24/7 Wall St.

Let's take a look at 10 countries rated best for tourism by the 2013 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report.

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Switzerland

Travel and tourism competitiveness score: 5.66

Travel and tourism industry's share of employment: 3.3 per cent

Travel and tourism economy's share of GDP: 8.6 per cent

GDP per capita: $44,452

Unemployment rate: 4.4 per cent

Global rank in tourism: 1

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Germany

Travel and tourism competitiveness score: 5.39

Travel and tourism industry's share of employment: 1.8 per cent

Travel and tourism economy's share of GDP: 4.5 per cent

GDP per capita: $38,077

Unemployment rate: 5.3 per cent

Global rank in tourism: 2

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Austria

Travel and tourism competitiveness score: 5.39

Travel and tourism industry's share of employment: 5.2 per cent

Travel and tourism economy's share of GDP: 13.7 per cent

GDP per capita: $41,556

Unemployment rate: 4.9 per cent

Global rank in tourism: 3

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Spain

Travel and tourism competitiveness score: 5.38

Travel and tourism industry's share of employment: 2.7 per cent

Travel and tourism economy's share of GDP: 14.7 per cent

GDP per capita: $30,478

Unemployment rate: 26.2 per cent

Global rank in tourism: 4

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The United Kingdom

Travel and tourism competitiveness score: 5.38

Travel and tourism industry's share of employment: 3.1 per cent

Travel and tourism economy's share of GDP: 6.7 per cent

GDP per capita: $36,522

Unemployment rate: 7.7 per cent

Global rank in tourism: 5

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The United States

Travel and tourism competitiveness score: 5.32

Travel and tourism industry's share of employment: 4.0 per cent

Travel and tourism economy's share of GDP: 8.6 per cent

GDP per capita: $48,328

Unemployment rate: 7.7 per cent

Global rank in tourism: 6

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France

Travel and tourism competitiveness score: 5.31

Travel and tourism industry's share of employment: 4.3 per cent

Travel and tourism economy's share of GDP: 9.3 per cent

GDP per capita: $35,068

Unemployment rate: 10.6 per cent

Global rank in tourism: 7

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Canada

Travel and tourism competitiveness score: 5.28

Travel and tourism industry's share of employment: 1.8 per cent

Travel and tourism economy's share of GDP: 4.4 per cent

GDP per capita: $40,519

Unemployment rate: 7.0 per cent

Global rank in tourism: 8

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Sweden

Travel and tourism competitiveness score: 5.24

Travel and tourism industry's share of employment: 1.7 per cent

Travel and tourism economy's share of GDP: 5.5 per cent

GDP per capita: $40,705

Unemployment rate: 8.0 per cent

Global rank in tourism: 9

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Singapore

Travel and tourism competitiveness score: 5.23

Travel and tourism industry's share of employment: 4.4 per cent

Travel and tourism economy's share of GDP: 10.3 per cent

GDP per capita: $59,710

Unemployment rate: N/A

Global rank in tourism: 10


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