The economic impact
Tourism has a huge, often vital, economic impact on destinations all over the world. In 2019, the industry contributed more than 10% of the global GDP – a share that fell by half in 2020 due to the pandemic. That year, a huge 621 million tourism jobs were lost.
Explore chooses small, locally owned and run businesses to support – from ground agents and tour leaders, to hotels and restaurants used in its trips. We employ local tour leaders – over 700 of them – as well as local drivers and porters, and use local suppliers and ground agents whom employ local staff in turn. In avoiding chain and internationally-owned properties, Explore maximises the % of spend going directly to the local community.