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SKOPJE (Macedonia), April 7 (SeeNews) – Macedonia’s tourism and travel industry contributed 7.3 billion denars ($128 million/118.4 million euro) directly to the country's economy in 2014, equivalent to 1.4% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), the World Travel&Tourism Council (WTTC) said.
The direct GDP contribution of the country's tourism and travel industry is projected to decline by 0.2% in 2015, the WTTC said in its recent Travel&Tourism Economic Impact 2015 report on Macedonia.
Travel and tourism investment in Macedonia in 2014 was 3.4 billion denars and the WTTC expects it will rise by 8.8% in 2015.
Leisure travel spending - inbound and domestic - in Macedonia totaled 17 billion denars last year and is expected to increase by 0.7% in 2015.
Macedonia's travel and tourism sector generated 9,000 jobs directly in 2014 and this is expected to fall by 2.8% in 2015.
(1 euro=61.6602 Macedonian denars)