Report: Cancun is world’s most tourist-dependent city

Tourism accounts for almost half of the entire city's GDP

Quintana Roo welcomed more than 7 million international tourists in the first half of 2018, an increase of 8 percent. Photo: Quintana Roo Tourism Board
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The largest tourist-centered city isn’t Paris or New York. According to a World Tourism and Travel Council report released earlier this week, the world’s most tourist-dependent city is Cancun.

The WTTC ranked several cities by what percentage of their Gross Domestic Product — the total value of goods and services produced locally — is accounted for by tourism.

Bangkok, Thailand may be one of the world’s most visited cities, but its tourism market doesn’t compare to that of Cancun, land of all-inclusive resorts and spring breakers cutting loose.

Per the report, tourism accounts for almost half of the entire city’s GDP, so your spring break trip was actually an act of urban philanthropy.

The WTTC reports that 30.2 percent of Marrakech, Morocco’s GDP is from tourism, while Macau, China (29.3 percent), Orlando, Florida (18.7 percent), and Antalya, Turkey (17.6 percent) round out the top five.

The report also details the fact that cities now represent 45 percent of global travel. Urban spaces on the rise in the travel market tend to possess some of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

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