Bartlett calls for more equitable distribution of tourism earnings

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has said for the sector to be truly sustainable, there must be greater equality among all stakeholders and a more equitable distribution of tourism earnings.
Mr. Bartlett said with revenues from international tourism totalling US$1.7 trillion in 2018 and one in 11 of the world's jobs generated by tourism, it raises the question of the distribution of this wealth and the impact it is having on the highly tourism dependent regions.
He said this a real concern as many of the countries that have the highest level of tourism dependence are characterized also by high unemployment, a high debt to GDP ratio, social concerns and high levels of income inequality.
Mr. Bartlett was speaking Monday at the 110th Executive Council meeting of the United Nations World Tourism Organization in Azerbaijan.  

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