As countries have begun to restart tourism, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released new data that measures the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. The UNWTO has emphasized the need for responsibility, safety and security as restrictions on travel are lifted. It also reiterates the importance of continuous commitment to support tourism as a pillar for recovery.
The tourism sector is on the road to recovery
After months of disruption, the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer reports that the sector is beginning to restart in some areas, especially in Northern Hemisphere destinations. While a few places are opening up, a majority of destinations continue to operate with stringent travel restrictions in place. This directly impacts the tourism sector as a whole.
“The sudden and massive fall in tourist numbers threatens jobs and economies. It is vital, therefore, that the restart of tourism is made a priority and managed responsibly, protecting the most vulnerable and with health and safety as the sector’s number one concern. Until tourism’s restart is underway everywhere, UNWTO again calls for strong support for the sector in order to protect jobs and businesses. We therefore welcome the steps undertaken by both the European Union and individual countries including France and Spain to support tourism economically and build the foundations for recovery,” Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, UNWTO said.
The UNWTO has continued to call upon the assistance of governments in helping their respective sectors cope with these unprecedented times. April was expected to be one of the busiest times of the year but the global travel restrictions led to a fall of 97% in international tourist arrivals.
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