Comes from the worst year in tourism historyThere is little optimism in the travel industry in early 2021. After an estimated loss of $ 1.3 trillion in export revenue in 2020, travel restrictions will resume early in the new year as governments try to curb the spread of new products. potentially more dangerous variants of the novel coronavirus.

While the brief recovery in the summer of 2020 had raised hopes for a rapid recovery in the tourism sector, those hopes were dashed by the autumn / winter wave of the pandemic. According to a recent United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) surveyTravel experts are now very cautious on their outlook, with the majority not expecting it to return to pre-pandemic levels before 2023.

“Although much has been done to enable safe international travel, we are aware that the crisis is far from over,” said UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili.

“Harmonizing, coordinating and digitizing travel-related COVID-19 risk mitigation measures, including testing, tracing and vaccination certificates, are essential to promoting safe travel and preparing the recovery of tourism as soon as conditions permit.”

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