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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.

Source: 24/7 Wall St

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Image: A view shows Jet d'Eau (water fountain) and Lake Leman from St-Pierre Cathedrale in Geneva, Switzerland.
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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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Image: A view shows a Christmas market in front of the Charlottenburg castle in Berlin, Germany.
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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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Image: A view of Vienna International Center and UN headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
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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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Image: Agbar Tower in Barcelona, Spain.
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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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Image: A view of Houses of Parliament and London Eye in United Kingdom.
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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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Image: The skyline of New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in United States.
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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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Image: A view of Champs Elysees avenu and Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.
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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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Image: A view of Montreal skyline from Mont-Royal mountain in Canada.
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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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Image: A view of Stockholm in Sweden.
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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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Image: A cyclist rides past the skyline of the Central Business District in Singapore.
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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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