The pandemic could cost the global tourism industry up to $ 1 billion in 2021 after countries around the world imposed travel restrictions and lockdowns to combat the spread of the virus.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization said on Monday that international tourism revenues could reach $ 700 billion to $ 800 billion by 2021, more than last year’s $ 400 billion, but less than half of the 1 , $ 7 billion recorded in 2019.
As travel resumed during the summer months in Europe, international tourist arrivals remained 64% below 2019 levels, UNWTO added.
In some regions, including southern and Mediterranean Europe, the Caribbean, and North and Central America, arrivals were higher than in 2020.
UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili said third quarter 2021 results were “encouraging” but noted that travel remained well below pre-pandemic levels and any recovery had been geographically ” uneven “.
Countries around the world reimposed travel restrictions on Friday that they had largely abandoned after Omicron, a new variant of Covid-19 that some scientists believe may be more transmissible than previous strains, was discovered in southern Africa. The news brought down the shares of travel agencies and airlines.
“We cannot let our guard down and must continue our efforts to ensure equal access to vaccinations, coordinate travel procedures, use digital vaccination certificates to facilitate mobility and continue to support the sector,” Pololikashvili added to the light of emergence. new variants and increasing cases in Europe.