Be patient and stand ready. Stay home today and we can travel tomorrow. And travelling tomorrow will bring jobs. This is what the United Nations World Travel Organization has to say about the revival of the world tourism that was hit severely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“By staying home today, we can travel tomorrow. And travelling tomorrow will support jobs, celebrate culture and promote international friendship and understanding,” UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said.
he noted that Coronavirus has impacted travel and tourism industry badly. It was the worst ever period for the industry, he added. He also pointed out that millions of jobs would be lost in the industry. However, he said that the sector would come back as it had come back from a similar financial crisis in 2008-09 and the 2003 SARS outbreak. The sector will bounce back with more jobs and will drive economic growth, he added.
The UNWTO has urged for political as well as financial commitments from the governments for ensuring a stable tourism growth. Only a political and financial support can help the industry, Zurab Pololikashvili said.
The UNWTO estimates said that global international tourist arrivals in 2020 will see a fall of 20 to 30 per cent compared to last year.
About 95 per cent tourist spots worldwide have put into place travel restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the countries have even closed its borders.