The United Nations (UN) warned that the impact of the corona virus pandemic on world tourism could lead to an economic loss of up to 4 trillion dollars.
In the joint report of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Trade and Development Conference (UNCTAD), it was stated that the lack of widespread vaccination, especially in developing countries, increased the economic losses and it was stated that it would not be possible to return to normal in tourism until 2023.
2,4 TRILLION DOLLARS LOST
In the report, it was stated that the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic caused a loss of 2.4 trillion dollars in tourism and related sectors last year, and it was emphasized that a similar loss could be experienced this year depending on the developments in the distribution of vaccines.
“NO MUCH BETTER THAN LAST YEAR”
UNCTAD estimates that international tourism this year will be between 63 percent and 75 percent compared to 2019, resulting in economic losses of between $1.7 trillion and $2.4 trillion.
UNCTAD official Ralf Peters said: “This year’s outlook is not much better than last year. The figures for the first three months were still bad, there was not much travel,” adding that “a certain degree of improvement is expected, at least for North America and Europe,” in the second half of the year.
Pointing out that there was a 60 to 80 percent decrease in tourist arrivals in developing countries last year, it was predicted that the tourism sector could return to pre-pandemic figures in 2023 at the earliest.
“WE ARE IN THE 1980S IN TOURISM”
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili pointed out that millions of people make a living from tourism and that developing countries are heavily dependent on international tourism, noting that progress in vaccination practices is vital in protecting communities and safely resuming tourism.
UNWTO official Zoritsa Urosevic also stated that international tourism is at the level it was 30 years ago and said, “So we are in the 1980s. Many households are really under threat.”
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