UN TOURISM NEWS

UN Tourism News

To mark the start of the United Nations ‘Decade of Action’, UN Tourism News was launched to provide the latest updates of UNWTO’s work and key insights from the world of tourism as the sector leads the way in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

24th UNWTO General Assembly for Tourism’s Restart

24th UNWTO General Assembly for Tourism’s Restart

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will hold the 24th General Assembly in Madrid, Spain, from 30 November to 3 December 2021.

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UN TOURISM NEWS #30

UN TOURISM NEWS #30

International tourism enjoyed signs of rebound in June and July 2021 as some destinations eased travel restrictions and the global vaccination rollout advanced in many parts of the world.

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Join World Tourism Day!

Join World Tourism Day!

Official Message by the Secretary-General, UN
On World Tourism Day, we recognize the power and potential of tourism to advance prosperity and drive inclusive, sustainable development. The tourism sector touches almost every part of our economies and societies, enabling historically marginalized people and those at risk of being left behind to benefit from development that is local and direct.

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UN Tourism News #28

UN Tourism News #28

The biggest crisis in the history of tourism continues into a second year. Between January and May, international tourist arrivals were 85% below 2019 levels (or a 65% drop on 2020), UNWTO data shows. Despite a small uptick in May, the emergence of COVID-19 variants and the continued imposition of restrictions are weighing on the recovery of international travel.

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UN Tourism News #27

UN Tourism News #27

The crash in international tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic could cause a loss of more than $4 trillion to the global GDP for the years 2020 and 2021, according to an UNCTAD report published on 30 June. The report, jointly presented with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), says international tourism and its closely linked sectors suffered an estimated loss of $2.4 trillion in 2020.

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UN Tourism News #26

UN Tourism News #26

International tourist arrivals were down 83% in the first quarter of 2021 as widespread travel restrictions remained in place. However, the UNWTO Confidence Index shows signs of a slow uptick in confidence.

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UN TOURISM NEWS #25 | FITUR EDITION

UN TOURISM NEWS #25 | FITUR EDITION

The decision to host FITUR is the kind of boldness we need if we are to restart tourism and so kickstart wider recovery

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Reestablishing trust in travel is a key first step towards tourism recovery

Reestablishing trust in travel is a key first step towards tourism recovery

Tourism leaders in the Americas committed to jointly addressing the reactivation of tourism, making the sector a priority and adopting international protocols. Additionally, they agreed to emphasize innovation and digital transformation, develop sustainable tourism and strengthen support mechanisms for workers and impacted companies.

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UN Tourism News #23 | #RestartTourism

UN Tourism News #23 | #RestartTourism

Now more than ever, tourism needs strong political support and joined-up action. Harmonized travel and health rules are essential to restore confidence and restart tourism

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One year ago today: WHO defined the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic

One year ago today: WHO defined the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic

It has been a year like no other. The COVID-19 pandemic brought global tourism to a near-complete standstill. From the very start, UNWTO united a sector in crisis, provided guidance in times of uncertainty, and offered expert support to Member States in every global region. Now, as the pandemic enters a second year, we look back at key events and developments, from being tourism's first responder to leading the shift towards recovery and the restart of tourism.

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This crisis is an opportunity to rethink the tourism sector #RestartTourism

This crisis is an opportunity to rethink the tourism sector #RestartTourism

Tourism is adapting to the new reality and we face the future with optimism and with the backing of our Members

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Exploring safe travel in the age of vaccines

Exploring safe travel in the age of vaccines

The rollout of vaccines is a step in the right direction, but the restart of tourism cannot wait. Vaccines must be part of a wider, coordinated approach that includes certificates and passes for safe cross-border travel. In the longer-term, we also need to restore confidence in tourism. The United for Travel campaign will help us achieve this, providing a clear and strong message that safe tourism is now possible.

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