The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) is requesting G20 tourism ministers from around the world to lead a united and coordinated recovery for the sector out of the COVID-19 crisis.
The WTTC believes that only the G20 has enough power to orchestrate a coordinated recovery effort needed to preserve the sector. According to analysis by the WTTC, the coronavirus outbreak is threatening the jobs of 75 million people around the world and one million jobs daily, significantly impacting major source markets. There will be a meeting with tourism ministers to discuss ways to combat this crisis.
WTTC commends G20 for helping poor countries
Ahead of the meeting, WTTC commended the G20 for freezing the debt of the poorest countries as a major step towards enabling them to bolster their health systems. Gloria Guevara, WTTC chief executive, said: “The proven record of the G20, which powered the recovery following the financial crisis in 2008, and the recent decisive action to freeze debt proves this forum is the best platform with the speed and agility needed, to drive forward the urgent actions required to set the pace and save the global tourism sector and enable it to survive and thrive.”
She added: “WTTC proposes tourism ministers participating in the meeting, fully jointly commit with the private sector to four key principles to achieve a faster recovery. This would involve including the private sector in the coordinated response, ensuring all measures put the traveller at the heart of their actions.”