Track global tourism sector recovery with UNWTO’s new initiative

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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A brand new Tourism Recovery Tracker has been launched by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) towards its efforts to improve global tourism. The project reflects the latest concrete action taken by the specialist agency of the United Nations as it leads the global tourism response and guides recovery.

The tracker is a product of the collaboration between the private sectors and international organizations including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Sojern, STR, AIRDNA and ForwardKeys.

The UNWTO Recovery Tracker is available for free. It includes main indicators of tourism by month region and sub-region. And the tracker also facilitates live comparison of the industrial sector’s recovery around the world.

The UNWTO Tourism Recovery Tracker gathers all relevant data in one location, providing governments and private companies with the opportunity to monitor tourism recovery at global and regional levels, along with information on major global tourism destinations.

The data includes in the tracker are:

  • The arrivals of international tourists
  • Seating space on domestic and international air routes
  • Bookings in air travel
  • Searches and bookings facilities of hotels
  • Occupancy rates and
  • Demand for rent in the short term

The latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer estimates that the sharp decline in international travel demand between January and June 2020 will result in a loss of 440 million international visitors and an estimated $460 billion in export earnings from international tourism. In the midst of the global economic and financial crisis, this is about five times the decline in foreign tourism receipts reported in 2009.

The tracker was announced in the context of the 112th session of the UNWTO Executive Council to operate unitedly for the effective recovery of the global tourism sector from the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic.