Supporting Jobs and Economies Through Travel & Tourism
A Call for Action to Mitigate the Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 and Accelerate Recovery
COVID-19 | Resources
To mark World Environment Day, the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme led by UNWTO announces its new vision for global tourism– growing better, stronger, and balancing the needs of people, planet and prosperity.
Governments have responded quickly and strongly with the level and coverage of measures steeping up over time. Most countries have adopted economy-wide stimulus packages (fiscal and monetary measures) along with job support measures.
At its fifth meeting, UNWTO changed the emphasis towards restarting tourism. The Committee endorsed UNWTO’s Global Guidelines to Restart Tourism, an action plan focused on the Priorities for Tourism Recovery.
This latest research shows that while discussions on possible first measures for lifting restrictions are underway, 100% of destinations worldwide still have COVID-19 related travel restrictions for international tourists in place.
We are facing an unprecedented global health crisis, the repercussions of which are being felt in all sectors of society and the economy.
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Loss of 850 million to 1.1 billon international tourists
Loss of US$ 910 billion to US$ 1.2 trillion in export revenues from tourism
100 to 120 million jobs at risk
This compilation of country and international policy responses aims to share and monitor worldwide measures to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 crisis in the travel and tourism sector and accelerate recovery.
67 million fewer international tourists up to March translates into US$80 billion in lost
UNWTO has outlined three possible future scenarios depending on how the crisis unfolds
By staying home today, we can travel tomorrow
Our response must be fast, coherent and united so that we can all travel again
International tourism has seen continued expansion, despite occasional shocks, demonstrating the sector’s strength and resilience and benefiting all regions in the world.
UNWTO calls for solid international leadership and for tourism to be included as a priority in future recovery efforts