UN Report on International tourism

According to the report by UNCTAD and UN’s World Tourism Organisation (WTO), International tourism arrivals are set to stagnate in 2021, except in some Western markets.

Key findings of report

  • As per report, stagnation would result into losses of $2.4 trillion.
  • It highlights, tourism sector is not expected to rebound fully until 2023.
  • It underlines, COVID-19 vaccination and certificates are key to restore confidence in foreign tourism. Vaccination will provide a lifeline for several countries including small island states which rely mainly on tourism sectors to provide jobs.
  • According to it, international arrivals plunged by 73% in 2020 from pre-pandemic levels in 2019. It resulted into estimated losses of $2.4 trillion in tourism and allied sectors.
  • Report expects for certain recovery in second half of 2021 at least for North America and Europe.

Three scenarios for 2021

Report has set three scenarios for 2021, showing international tourism arrivals forecast to decrease by 63% to 75% from pre-pandemic levels. It will cause losses of about $1.7 trillion to $2.4 trillion.

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

UNWTO is a United Nations specialized agency to promote responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It is headquartered in Madrid, Spain. UNWTO is the leading international organization in the area of tourism, promoting tourism as the driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability. It offers tourism sector leadership and support in order to enhance knowledge and tourism policies across the world. It encourages implementation of Global Code of Ethics for Tourism in a bid to maximize contribution of tourism to socio-economic development. Official languages of UNWTO include Chinese, Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

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