According to a new research from the World Tourism Organization, the world is slowly opening up again to tourism with destinations easing travel restrictions introduced in response to coronavirus pandemic, almost four months ago.
However, 100% of all destinations continue to have some form of coronavirus related travel restrictions in place as a way to ensure visitors safety.
The UNWTO Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvil, said in a statement that “the timely and responsible easing of travel restrictions will help ensure the many social and economic benefits that tourism guarantees will return in a sustainable way. This will contribute to the livelihoods of many millions of people around the world. The sector is a driver of sustainable development and a pillar of economies. UNWTO stresses the need for vigilance, responsibility and international cooperation as the world slowly opens up again”.
In this sense the UNWTO released its Global Guidelines to Reopen Tourism, a new way to outline the steps governments and the private sector can take to accelerate the tourism recovery.