The economic importance of coastal tourism is unquestionable, although due to data limitations there is no comprehensive analysis of the sector’s contribution to the global economy. The Mediterranean Basin alone hosted some 250 million visitors in 2008. In France, tourism provides 43% of jobs in coastal regions, generating more revenue than fishing or shipping. In the UK, tourism to the coast is worth £110 billion (approximately US$171 billion) and employs more than 1.3 million people (5% labour force) (Williams, 2011). In most Small Island Developing States, coastal tourism is a major employer, such as Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, and Anguilla, where tourism employs over 80% of the labour force. Worldwide, coastal tourism is gaining importance (UNEP, 2011).
From collection: Green Economy in a Blue World - Full Report