Guiding tourism's recovery
The UNWTO Global Tourism Crisis Committee has united the tourism sector to formulate a sector-wide response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This crisis is an opportunity to rethink the tourism sector and its contribution to the people and planet; an opportunity to build back better towards a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient tourism sector that ensure the benefits of tourism are enjoyed widely and fairly."
"Tourism is one of the world's most important economic sectors. It employs one in every ten people on Earth and provides livelihoods to hundreds of millions more."
Leading the way forward
Global coordination is essential for tourism to deliver on its status as a leading generator of opportunity for all. UNWTO leads the way forward, uniting tourism leaders from all over the world. Now more than ever, we need a sector united on behalf of the millions of people who have trusted their future to the power of tourism to drive sustainable growth.
At UNWTO 112 Executive Council held in Georgia, an historic hybrid event where we gathered 170 delegates from 24 countries, we agreed on a landmark mechanism: The Tbilisi Declaration – our commitment to making international travel safe again and realigning the sector towards a more sustainable and inclusive future.
(Y)our chance to RESTART TOURISM
in a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient way
Assess the impact
Restart tourism with data-driven decisions.
Restrictions on travel, introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, are slowly being eased, allowing tourism to restart in a growing number of destinations.
- UNWTO Statistics
The publication Conceptual Guidance on Tourism Statistics in the COVID-19 Context provides conceptual guidance on the main tourism data and indicators of the UNWTO’s statistical database related to new situations.
Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism
Restart tourism with concrete guidelines and initiatives developed by UNWTO.
We are facing an unprecedented global health crisis, the repercussions of which are being felt in all sectors of society and the economy. Health institutions and governments worldwide are doing their utmost to combat COVID-19
A Call for Action to Mitigate the Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 and Accelerate Recovery
Travel and Tourism is among the sectors most affected by this crisis, and urgent support is required given the millions of jobs that are at risk
Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General
Executive Council – 112th session
For people, planet and prosperity
The unprecedented situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic is not the only recent disruptive situation in which the lack of an international framework regarding the assistance to tourists in emergency situations has created confusion and a loss of the necessary confidence to travel abroad.
The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative unites the tourism sector behind a common vision to address the root causes of plastic pollution. It enables businesses, governments and other tourism stakeholders to take concerted action, leading by example in the shift towards circularity in the use of plastics.
The UNWTO project ‘Centre Stage: Women’s empowerment during the COVID-19 recovery’ aims to strengthen, coordinate and focus work towards gender equality in tourism governmental institutions and businesses as they recover from the pandemic, boosting the sector’s potential for empowering women.
The World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE) met remotely on 5 June 2020 for a special session on COVID-19 and Tourism with the attendance of all Members and alternates. After deliberations, the following Statement was agreed: STATEMENT OF THE WORLD COMMITTEE ON TOURISM ETHICS
The One Planet Vision calls for a responsible recovery of the tourism sector from the COVID-19 crisis which is founded on sustainability. The Vision strives to enhance the resilience of tourism, balancing the needs of people, planet and prosperity. The Vision is available in all UN languages.
These Guidelines, produced in collaboration with ONCE Foundation and ENAT show that simple, thoughtful measures can make a real difference for travellers – and in return, allow destinations to welcome this wide and diverse demographic as they look to recover from COVID-19
Tourism activities should respect the equality of men and women; they should promote human rights and, more particularly, the individual rights of the most vulnerable groups, notably children, the elderly, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples.
Indigenous Women in Tourism
Selected as one of the ten most promising projects of the Paris Peace Forum 2020
COVID-19 has simultaneously reduced revenues and increased the housework burden for Indigenous Women, while exposing their dire lack of access to essential services.
The recommendations outlined below have been prepared by the UNWTO Ethics, Culture and Social Responsibility Department in collaboration with its international partners with competence in culture and tourism.
Gastronomy is about much more than food. It reflects the culture, heritage, traditions and sense of community of different peoples. It is a way of promoting understanding among different cultures, and of bringing people and traditions closer together.
"By staying home today, we can travel tomorrow”. #TravelTomorrow encapsulates this message of solidarity and hope, through whichthe UNWTO calls for shared responsibility among travellers and the tourism sector around the world to deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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Promote investments that boost economic growth, job creation and sustainability in tourism to public and private capital sources.
Harnessing innovation and digital advances provides tourism with opportunities to improve inclusiveness, local community empowerment and efficient resource management
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) observes that full or partial travel restrictions have been – and continue to be – introduced across the world.
In collaboration with WHO
UNWTO issued a joint statement with WHO, the lead UN agency for the global response to COVID-19 calling for responsibility and heightened coordination to ensure that health measures are implemented ensuring safety and protecting livelihoods.
Stay safe and travel responsibly by following these simple but effective guidelines.