Report by UNWTO 2020 is Worst Year on Record

01 February 2021 Current Affairs:

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) emphasized that 2020 is the worst year on record. The United Nations World Tourism Organization issued this statement because the international travel ban implemented to curb the COVID-19 outbreak has dealt a heavy blow to the global tourism industry.

Highlights:
♦ According to the report, the number of international arrivals fell by 74%. In addition, compared with 2019, the number of international arrivals allowed to global destinations has decreased by 1 billion.
♦ The report further emphasized that the restrictions on international travel caused a loss of US$1.3 trillion in export revenue.
♦ The loss of export income is more than 11 times the loss during the global economic crisis in 2009.
♦ According to the report, the COVID-19 crisis has affected 10-120 million direct tourism jobs. Many of them are small and medium enterprises.
♦ The report emphasizes that the nature of the pandemic is changing, so many countries are reintroducing stricter travel restrictions, such as changes to quarantine rules, mandatory testing, and complete closure of borders in some countries.
♦ The report of the United Nations World Tourism Organization pointed out that these countries are gradually introducing the COVID-19 vaccine. The organization hopes this will help restore consumer confidence and help ease travel restrictions. Therefore, travel will slowly return to normal in 2021.
♦ The World Travel Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations. The agency is involved in promoting responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. Its headquarters are located in Madrid, Spain. 
♦ The World Travel Organization is a leading international organization in the field of tourism. It promotes tourism to become a driving force for economic growth. The agency is a global forum for tourism policy issues.

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