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Overview

The total contribution of the travel and tourism sector in Tonga was 13.2% in 2011 according to a World Travel and Tourism Council estimate (WTTC). Consequently the WTTC ranks Tonga 58th in the world (out of 181 countries) in terms of the relative contribution of tourism to GDP, only 0.8% less than the world average. This is expected to rise by around 2.5% by 2012. The industry is directly and indirectly supporting about 12.2% of total employment, a figure which is due to rise by 7.0% in 2012 and carry on rising to 2022 (2011). In real terms this means that the 4,000 jobs supported by the industry in 2011 would rise to 7,000 in 2022. In 2010 there were over 45,000 air visitors, along with around 900 yacht tourists in 2009. Visitor exports accounted for 49.1% of total exports in 2011, which was expected to grow in line with the development of the industry.