The Hidden Pearl of Penang - Seberang Perai - should soon become an ecotourism hotspot.
Tourism contributes substantially to the national GDP of many countries in the world. Its extensive products and ancillary services generate job opportunities locally and exert a strong spillover and multiplier effect on the economy.
It is reported that the travel and tourism industry is responsible for a direct world GDP contribution1 of US$2,306bil (3.1% of total GDP) in 2016, and is forecast to rise by 3.8% in 2017.2 In South-East Asia, the direct contribution of travel and tourism to the GDP was US$119.7bil (4.7% of total GDP) and is expected to rise by 5.7% per annum from 2017 to 2027 - translating to US$222.8bil in 2027.3
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