Travel & Tourism contributed US$6.5bn to GDP in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, 4.9% of the city’s economy, and representing 11.5% of Brazil’s Travel & Tourism sector. However, less than 6% of tourism spend in the city comes from the international market, revealed a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The total contribution of Travel & Tourism to Brazil’s GDP was US$152.2bn, 8.5% of GDP in 2016. The total contribution of the sector to employment, including jobs indirectly supported by the industry was 7.8% of total employment (7 million jobs). Over the next ten years, there will be 9 million jobs in Brazil through tourism activity.

Latin America City Travel & Tourism Impact is one of a series of reports by WTTC which looks at the contribution of Travel & Tourism to city economies and job creation. The study covers 65 cities, six of which are in Latin America.