UN panel says international travel will not rebound until late 2021



The United Nations’ panel, the World Travel Organization, on Tuesday predicted that the coronavirus-related travel restrictions will prevent international tourism from rebounding until the third quarter of 2021.

Some experts from the panel, however, do not believe international travel will rebound until 2022. The experts said the main obstacles are travel restrictions, but also slow containment of the virus and low traveller confidence.

“This unprecedented decline is having dramatic social and economic consequences, and puts millions of jobs and businesses at risk. This underlines the urgent need to safely restart tourism, in a timely and coordinated manner”, said UN World Travel Organization secretary-general Zurab Pololikashvili.

The panel found that international arrivals declined 81% in July and 79% in August, which cost the tourism sector $730 billion in losses.

“The lack of coordinated response among countries to ensure harmonized protocols and coordinated restrictions, as well as the deteriorating economic environment were also identified by experts as important obstacles for recovery”, the panel said.


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