AM Newsletter Volumen 18. April 2020
Dear Affiliate Member,
As we are all aware, the tourism sector is currently one of the hardest-hit by the outbreak of COVID-19, and the UNWTO expects that international tourist arrivals will be down by 20% to 30% in 2020 when compared with 2019 figures. This unprecedented situation requires all of us to be prepared and adapt our response.
It is important more than ever to stand by each other and work closely to tackle the damages imposed to tourism practices and activities during the recession period and explore how to revitalize the tourism sector during the recovery stage.
While monitoring the evolution of the situation and trying to tackle the damages, we need to start working on defining proposals and measures for the recovery plans. From this perspective, in UNWTO and particularly in this Department, we consider that the proposals and ideas of our Affiliate Members are very valuable, that it is important to take them into account and bring to the attention of our Member States, through the evaluations and proposals that UNWTO will be defining.
With this in mind, we encourage you, as the representatives of the tourism private sector, academia and the civil society to share with us your eventual proposal for prevention and response plans, as well as recovery strategies you have envisaged for your organization.
We are already working with all our Members to contribute to this collective response effort and we count on your support, commitment and contributions to deal with this difficult scenario.
As always, I am at your disposal and look forward to hearing any comment you may have.
Sincerely, Ion Vilcu