Due to its important role in post-pandemic recovery, tourism has been included in the Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council programme.
This decision was confirmed by a statement published by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in an effort to strengthen relations with European institutions, TheSchengen.com reports.
In this regard, the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization, Zurab Pololikashvili, congratulated the European leaders for taking measures to protect jobs and businesses amid the COVID-19 situation, which has left a large number of unemployed people facing a difficult situation.
Pololikashvili also revealed more plans that will be presented in response to the current crisis faced by the industry.
The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization also stressed that the Vice-President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, played an important role in the World Tourism Organization’s Global Tourism Crisis Committee, which aims to unify the sector and provide clear and coordinated recommendations that will help the sector recover.
“This latest intervention strengthens the links between the World Tourism Organization and European institutions, building on the work that was done before the pandemic,” the statement published by the World Tourism Organization read.
TheSchengen.com previously reported that a total of 72 percent drop in international arrivals was recorded in the first 10 months of last year. According to the World Tourism Organization, this decline was mainly caused by travel restrictions and entry bans imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus. These numbers made 2020 the worst year ever in the history of the tourism industry.
According to the World Tourism Organization report, destinations received 900 million fewer international travelers between January and October 2020, compared to the same period of 2019 figures, which means that a loss of $935 billion in export earnings from international tourism was recorded.
Based on the latest report from the latest edition of the United Nations Travel Restrictions Report, it was revealed that since June, a total of 1.29 per cent of destinations worldwide have completely closed their borders to international tourism in order to help the sector amid the ongoing pandemic.
The report revealed that more than half of them have remained completely closed to international travelers since May 2020.
However, the latest report of the World Tourism Organization stressed that international tourism has begun to recover due to the advancement of vaccinations in a large number of countries around the world.
Based on the World Tourism Organization report, nearly 54 million tourists traveled abroad in July 2021, which is a 67 percent decrease compared to the figures for the same period in 2019, and still higher compared to the figures for 2020.