BRIEF

Air Transport Community of Practice

May 13, 2015


The Air Transport Community of Practice (ATCOP) was established as part of efforts to more effectively disseminate and exchange knowledge among staff at the World Bank. The aim of ATCOP is to foster knowledge exchange between staff and industry partners working on air transport and air transport related projects on critical issues, including Tourism, Climate Change, and Public-Private Parternships. It provides a platform to discuss and learn from experiences of other staff as well as from practitioners outside the Bank.

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Recent events:

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Air Transport and Tourism BBL (May 14, 2015)

The Tourism and Travel industry is one of the largest in the world. The total economic contribution from the sector represents 9% of global GDP, 6% of world trade, and 1 out of every 11 jobs. Nearly half of the one billion international tourist arrivals are in emerging and developing economies.

The range of World Bank Group (WBG) activities that directly and indirectly support the industry is as broad as the sector itself, ranging from financing for airport development and infrastructure, urban regeneration, to investment in leisure resorts and hotels.

This BBL focused on the Pacific Islands. As a remote region with small populations dispersed across several islands and vast expanses of ocean, safe and efficient air travel is critical to ensure connectivity to other markets and to support tourism.