26 Mar 2008

UN ranks 34 Asia Pacific countries where tourism contributes greatly to GDP

12:09 pm on 26 March 2008

Figures recently released by the United Nations in its Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific rank 34 Asia Pacific countries in terms of tourism's contribution to GDP.

Topping the list is Palau, where tourism contributed 67-percent of GDP in 2005.

Cook Islands ranks 3rd on the list where tourism has grown strongly to contribute 50% of GDP in 2005, up from 27% in 1990.

Samoa is in 5th slot, with tourism contributing 18% of GDP in 2005, and Fiji is right behind on 6th, at 15%.

Federated States of Micronesia is in 9th slot at 7%, and Tonga is 13th, at 5%.