The corona pandemic will cost the tourism sector worldwide another $2,000 billion (1,770 billion euros) in 2021. That amount of lost revenue is comparable to the loss in the previous year, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said Monday. The UNWTO calls the recovery of the global tourism sector in 2021 “fragile” and “slow”. The outlook for 2022 also does not look very hopeful.
UNWTO chief executive Zurab Pololikashvili is urging countries worldwide to at least harmonize their coronavirus protocols and measures. Because tourists are now often “confused” and “do not know how to travel”. At the moment, according to the UN agency, 46 countries, accounting for 21 percent of all destinations worldwide, keep their borders completely closed to tourists. Another 55 countries are partially closing their borders to foreign visitors. volume_upcontent_copysharestar_border