United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), headquartered in Madrid, the capital of Spain, in tourism, one of the sectors most affected by the new type of corona virus (Covid-19) epidemic, in January-March 2021 compared to the same period of the previous year, 183 million reported that fewer tourists were traveling, corresponding to an 83 percent decrease.
It was noted that the highest decrease was in the Asia-Pacific (91 percent) region, followed by Europe (83 percent), Africa (81 percent), the Middle East (78 percent) and America (71 percent).
Reminding that 2020 is known as the worst year in tourism due to the epidemic, the World Tourism Organization emphasized that confidence in the sector is slowly returning.
It was stated that the experts of the sector updated their expectations in a positive way, albeit slightly, in the May-August period, and the vaccination process created new hopes in the market.
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “There is a significant increase in demands and we are seeing confidence slowly being restored. Vaccines will be the key to recovery in the industry, but if we want to see a recovery in the northern hemisphere, we need to make testing easier and more affordable and improve communication and coordination.” made its assessment.
On the other hand, in the survey published by the organization, it was seen that about half of the experts did not expect the 2019 data before the epidemic in tourism to be reached before 2024.