UNWTO welcomes EU support and urgesEurope to lead the way in Tourism’s restart

Only with strong and coordinated political action can Europe reopen to tourism in time for the peak summer season. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has again stressed the importance of collaboration as it welcomed European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas to Madrid for a high-level meeting focused on the joined-up response to the ongoing crisis, and […]

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Tourist arrivals down 87% in January 2021 as UNWTO calls for stronger ccordination to restart tourism

The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global tourism has carried on into 2021, with new data showing an 87% fall in international tourist arrivals in January as compared to 2020. The outlook for the rest of the year remain cautious as the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) continues to call for stronger coordination on […]

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Secretary-General Pololikashvili Nominated to Lead UNWTO for Four More Years

The Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has expressed its continued support for Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. Meeting in Madrid, its members nominated him to continue leading the United Nations specialized agency for four more years. At the end of the 113th session of the Executive Council, held as a hybrid event in Spanish capital, […]

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International tourist numbers down 65% in first half of 2020, UNWTO reports

International tourist arrivals plunged 93% in June when compared to 2019, with the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showing the severe impact COVID-19 has had on the sector. According to the new issue of the World Tourism Barometer from the United Nations specialized agency, international tourist arrivals dropped by 65% during the […]

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UNWTO highlights potential of domestic Tourism to help drive economic recovery in destinations worldwide

As restrictions on travel begin to ease globally, destinations around the world are focusing on growing domestic Tourism, with many offering incentives to encourage people to explore their own countries. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with domestic tourism set to return faster than international travel, this represents an opportunity for both developed and […]

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UNWTO: More than 50% of global destinations are easing travel restrictions – but caution remains

A majority of destinations around the world (53%) have now started easing travel restrictions introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though many remain cautious in view of the development of the pandemic, the seventh edition of the UNWTO “COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions: A Global Review for Tourism” confirms the ongoing trend towards the gradual […]

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UNWTO, ONCE Foundation and ENAT call for the reopening of tourism destinations to cater for the needs of people with disabilities

According to the newest data from UNWTO, 40% of global destinations have now eased restrictions on travel introduced in response to COVID0-19. Now, with tourism steadily returning, UNWTO has joined disabled people’s organizations and organizations from across civil society to design a basic set of recommendations aimed at maintaining the ethos of “Accessible Tourism for All” in the […]

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UNWTO: 40% of destinations have now eased travel restrictions

UNWTO has surmised that up from 22% of destinations that had eased restrictions on travel by 15 June and the 3% previously observed by 15 May. It confirms the trend of a slow but continuous adaptation and responsible restart of international tourism. At the same time, however, of the 87 destinations that have now eased travel restrictions, just four have completely […]

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Impact of Covid-19 on Global Tourism as UNWTO counts the cost of the Standstill

The latest edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer shows that the near-complete lockdown imposed in response to the pandemic led to a 98 per cent fall in international tourist numbers in May when compared to 2019. The Barometer also shows a 56% year-on-year drop in tourist arrivals between January and May. This translates into a fall […]

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UNWTO: Tourism sector to continue taking action on plastic pollution

Αs countries begin to recover and tourism restarts in a growing number of destinations, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has provided a plan of action for both public and private sector stakeholders to address the root causes of […]

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