UNWTO Report Shows Number Of Countries Open To International Tourism Is On The Rise

The UNWTO released the eighth edition of the UNWTO Travel Restrictions Report that shows nearly 70 per cent of all global destinations have eased restrictions on travel. The number of destinations open to international tourism has continued to increase. Only one in four destinations continue to keep their borders closed to international tourists. 

The Travel Restrictions Report was launched when the pandemic began

The Travel Restrictions Report was launched by the World Tourism Organisation at the start of the pandemic. It keeps a track of measures being taken in 217 destinations worldwide. The report is designed to support the recovery efforts of the tourism sector. The latest edition offers insight into the tourism flow of destinations along with exploring the link between health and hygiene infrastructure, environmental performance and any potential connection to travel restrictions. As of November 1st, a total of 152 destinations have eased restrictions on international tourism, up from the 115 recorded on September 1st.

UNWTO secretary general, Zurab Pololikashvili, said: “The lifting of travel restrictions is essential to drive our wider recovery from the social and economic impacts of the pandemic. Governments have an important part to play in giving data-led and responsible travel advice and in working together to lift restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so.”

The report also highlights the factors that connect destinations that have eased restrictions to those whole borders remain closed. Destinations with higher scores in health and hygiene indicators as well as on the environmental performance index are among those which have eased restrictions faster.Europe is leading the way in lifting or easing travel restrictions followed by the Americas, Africa and then the Middle East.Asia and the Pacific continues to be the region with the fewest travel restrictions eased and more complete border closures in place for international tourism.

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