UNWTO publishes global review of tourism report

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first_imgThe UNWTO has published a global review of tourism reports, which considered measures of 217 world destinations. The survey shows that 7 destinations have eased travel restrictions for international tourism purposes, while at the same time, several more states are planning to reopen borders with certain measures and caution. Read the full report in the attachment. The report notes that in all destinations in the world it still exists as a kind of travel restriction related to COVID-19. Furthermore, as of May 18, 75% of them are still completely closed due to international tourism. In 37% of all cases, travel restrictions have been in place for 10 weeks, while for 24% of global destinations there has been a limit of 14 weeks or more. Interestingly, UNWTO research shows that the more important tourism is to the economies of individual destinations, the more likely it is to introduce a complete closure of borders. As an example, they point out Malta, where tourism accounts for 85% of GDP, and they still have it completely closed for tourism purposes. UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said that timely and responsible easing of travel restrictions would boost a number of social and economic benefits, ie boost the economy and thus tourism. “This will contribute to the survival of many millions of people around the world. The tourism sector is a driver of sustainable development and a pillar of the economy. The UNWTO emphasizes the need for caution, responsibility and international cooperation as the world slowly reopens. ” All regions have more than 65% of their destinations completely closed to tourism: Africa (74%), the Americas (86%), Asia and the Pacific (67%), Europe (74%) and the Middle East (69%). Attachment: RESTRICTIONS ON TOURISM TRAVEL STARTING TO EASE BUT CAUTION REMAINS, UNWTO REPORTSlast_img

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