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UN World Tourism Organization tags 2020 as the worst year.

According to the latest data from the UN world tourism organization, global tourism has suffered its worst in the year 2020 with International tourism dropping to a whopping 74% and many destinations welcomed just 1 billion or fewer international arrivals due to Covid-19.

“Global tourism suffered its worst year on record in 2020, with international arrivals dropping by 74 percent according to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Destinations worldwide welcomed 1 billion fewer international arrivals in 2020 than in the previous year (2019), due to an unprecedented fall in demand and widespread travel restrictions,” said a report from United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

The report also mentioned, “According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, the collapse in international travel represents an estimated loss of USD 1.3 trillion in export revenues – more than 11 times the loss recorded during the 2009 global economic crisis. The crisis has put between 100 and 120 million direct tourism jobs at risk, many of them in small and medium-sized enterprises.”

The UN also mentioned that due to evolving nature of the coronavirus, many countries are re-introducing stricter travel restrictions.

These include mandatory testing, quarantines, and in some cases a complete closure of borders, all weighing on the resumption of international travel. At the same time, the gradual rollout of a Covid-19 vaccine is expected to help restore consumer confidence, contribute to the easing travel restrictions and slowly normalize travel during the year ahead,” said the report.

“While much has been made in making safe international travel a possibility, we are aware that the crisis is far from over. The harmonization, coordination, and digitalization of Covid-19 travel-related risk reduction measures, including testing, tracing, and vaccination certificates, are essential foundations to promote safe travel and prepare for the recovery of tourism once conditions allow.” Said Zurab Pololikashvili who is Security General for UNWTO.

According to the research done by the UNWTO Panel of experts, almost 45% believed in better prospects for the year 2021, 25% of respondents believed in similar and the rest see the still worse results for the year 2021.

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