New research from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has shown that the world is opening up again, as travel restrictions cautiously ease. As the agency releases its Global Guidelines for Reopening Tourism, 3% of all global destinations are gradually easing travel restrictions. UNWTO has been monitoring the global response to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
The fourth edition of its report (COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions: A Global Review for Tourism) released today, observed the measures of 217 destinations worldwide as of May 18th.
Research shows 7 Destinations have eased travel restrictions
7 destinations have eased their travel restrictions for international travel. Several more destinations are discussing the reopening of their borders. 100% of all destinations worldwide maintained COVID-19-related travel restrictions in place. 75% continued to have their borders completely closed for international tourism, as of May 18th. Among 37% of all cases, travel restrictions have been in place for ten weeks. 24% of global destinations have had restrictions in place for 14 weeks or more.
UNWTO secretary-general, Zurab Pololikashvili, said: “The timely and responsible easing of travel restrictions will help ensure the many social and economic benefits that tourism guarantees will return sustainably. This will contribute to the livelihoods of many millions of people around the world.”
“The sector is a driver of sustainable development and a pillar of economies. UNWTO stresses the need for vigilance, responsibility, and international cooperation as the world slowly opens up again,” he added.
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