“Tourism can promote solidarity and trust”; UN

The global organization is encouraging countries to resume tourism as it has the potential to beat the global slump caused by the pandemic.

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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“Tourism can promote solidarity and trust – crucial ingredients in advancing the global co-operation that is so urgently needed at this time,” Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations said. Reports suggest that over 120 million jobs are at risk in the tourism industry.

The lockdown has left aircrafts grounded and the traveler at home across the globe. About 75% of the travel destinations in the world have closed down their international borders and the others still have restrictions in place.

With the easing of lockdown, countries are looking to establish “international travel corridors” with other countries that have a strong healthcare system and fewer infections. This can reduce the quarantine period that the travelers will have to undergo while traveling.

“Travel is down, fear is up, and the future is uncertain,” Mr. Guterres said.

The UNWTO, United Nations World Tourism Organization had, in May, issued the regulations to be followed while restarting the tourism sector. This includes temperature scan, health checks wherever possible, increased cleaning and sanitizing. They had predicted that up to $1.2 trillion could be lost in export revenues from tourism due to the pandemic.