Tourism is the world’s largest industry. It sustained 120 million jobs in 1995, accounting for 7% of the global workforce. (The Hutchinson Encyclopedia)
Tourism comes in many different shapes and sizes and there are many different types of tourism. There is mass tourism, niche tourism and special interest tourism.
Tourism could have a tremendous beneficial impact on local economies, but many hotels source their food and cleaning products from abroad rather than purchasing them from local producers.
An Oxfam study found that hotels in St. Lucia imported more than 70 percent of their produce every year.