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Countries most dependent on tourism

  • #20. Montenegro

    - Tourism total contribution to GDP: $1.2 billion (25.1% of total GDP; 54.9% increase since 1998)
    - Jobs reliant on tourism: 39,200 (20% of total jobs)

    Montenegro expected the summer tourism season to bring in 90% less revenue in 2020 than it did in 2019, reports Reuters. The country is now banking on travelers from Russia, who often visit the beaches along the Adriatic coast, to bolster the floundering tourism industry.

  • #19. Croatia

    - Tourism total contribution to GDP: $14.2 billion (25.1% of total GDP; 45% increase since 1998)
    - Jobs reliant on tourism: 319,800 (23.4% of total jobs)

    While Croatia expected tourism to drop by around two-thirds amid the pandemic, the perpetually popular destination’s visitor rates were as high as 60% to 70% of the 2019 figures in July and August, reports Reuters. Most travelers visit the country to explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik and Split, Croatia’s second largest city.

  • #18. Albania

    - Tourism total contribution to GDP: $3.6 billion (26.3% of total GDP; 176.1% increase since 1998)
    - Jobs reliant on tourism: 302,500 (24.3% of total jobs)

    Located on the opposite coast of the Adriatic Sea as Italy, Albania reopened its airports to international flights in June. The former Communist country has attractions such as fortress towns, beautiful beaches, and breathtaking mountain scenery.

  • #17. St. Kitts and Nevis

    - Tourism total contribution to GDP: $263.7 million (26.8% of total GDP; 9.6% decrease since 1998)
    - Jobs reliant on tourism: 6,500 (25.6% of total jobs)

    St. Kitts and Nevis, a dual-island nation with lush rainforest hiking trails and picturesque beaches, has teamed up with a half dozen of its neighbors in the Caribbean to encourage intra-regional travel during the pandemic, reports Gay Nagle Myers of Travel Weekly. The country announced it will reopen to international visitors in October.

  • #16. Malta

    - Tourism total contribution to GDP: $3.3 billion (26.9% of total GDP; 14.1% decrease since 1998)
    - Jobs reliant on tourism: 55,100 (28.1% of total jobs)

    Malta is welcoming visitors who spend at least 14 days in a country it deems safe before its arrival. Once there, travelers can explore Malta’s noble capital of Valletta, the bucolic island of Gozo, and the medieval town of Mdina, among other sites.

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  • #15. Georgia

    - Tourism total contribution to GDP: $4.9 billion (31.3% of total GDP; 107.5% increase since 1998)
    - Jobs reliant on tourism: 489,100 (27.3% of total jobs)

    Georgia invites nationals of the United States and 94 other countries to enjoy year-long stays in the Caucuses as part of a new tourism and immigration program. As of Sept. 2, the country had a total of 19 deaths related to COVID-19. The pandemic has caused a 69% decline in visitors from January to July.

  • #14. Cambodia

    - Tourism total contribution to GDP: $7.5 billion (31.6% of total GDP; 356.7% increase since 1998)
    - Jobs reliant on tourism: 2.7 million (30.5% of total jobs)

    Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism announced in early September that more than 30% of the country’s tourism operators have resumed operations after shutting down due to COVID-19 in March, according to the Permanent Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism Tith Chantha. The Southeast Asian country has 255 official tourism sites, the most famous of which is Angkor Wat.

  • #13. Jamaica

    - Tourism total contribution to GDP: $4.9 billion (33.7% of total GDP; 26.2% increase since 1998)
    - Jobs reliant on tourism: 368,100 (30.5% of total jobs)

    Summer tourism revenues dropped 70% in Jamaica, which saw less than a third of its typical tourist arrivals this season, according to Stabroek News. The “birthplace of reggae” has a colorful African vibe with lush mountains, golden beaches, and vibrant coral reefs, writes Karen Hastings of PlanetWare.

  • #12. Iceland

    - Tourism total contribution to GDP: $8.9 billion (35% of total GDP; 75.5% increase since 1998)
    - Jobs reliant on tourism: 70,400 (36.6% of total jobs)

    Iceland’s economy declined by 9.3% from April to June as a result of a slump in tourism, reports Helene Dauschy of Agence France-Presse. The popular tourist destination, which is renowned for its stunning natural landscape, tightened its regulations on travelers in mid-August amid a spike in COVID-19.

  • #11. Dominica

    - Tourism total contribution to GDP: $199.9 million (37.6% of total GDP; 59.2% increase since 1998)
    - Jobs reliant on tourism: 12,900 (34.5% of total jobs)

    Dominica, a mountainous island located between Guadeloupe and Martinique, began welcoming tourists again on Aug. 7. The country has an emerging ecotourism industry and award-winning resorts and hotels.

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