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World Coronavirus: For world tourism, an estimated loss of 1.3 trillion dollars in 2020

23:15  28 january  2021
23:15  28 january  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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This figure represents "more than 11 times the loss recorded during the global economic crisis of 2009", according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

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A total hardly conceivable as it seems enormous. Under the effect of travel restrictions put in place across the planet to stem the coronavirus pandemic , the global tourism sector lost no less than 1,300 billion dollars (1.071 billion euros) in 2020 , announced this Thursday the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations agency based in Madrid.

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Another dizzying data: this figure represents "more than 11 times the loss recorded during the global economic crisis of 2009 ", and corresponds to a 74% drop in tourist arrivals in the world compared to 2019, the press release indicates. of the UNWTO.

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“2020 will have been the worst year in the history of tourism, with 1 billion fewer international arrivals “Compared to 2019, specifies the UNWTO. Asia-Pacific is the region that experienced the largest drop in arrivals in 2020 (- 84% over one year), as it was the first affected by the pandemic and currently maintains the strongest restrictions on trips.

For the Europe , the decline is 70% year on year, but the continent has experienced "the largest drop in absolute numbers", with 500 million fewer arrivals. The Middle East and Africa were down 75% and the Americas 69%. During the 2008-2009 crisis, the number of visitors fell by only 4%.

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Up to four years of waiting

According to UNWTO experts, 100 to 120 million direct jobs are at risk in tourism, many of them in small and medium enterprises . The organization notes a "deterioration in the overall rebound outlook in 2021" and estimates that "it will take two and a half to four years for international tourism to return to 2019 levels".

"We are aware that the crisis is far from over," said Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili, quoted in the statement. “The harmonization, coordination and digitization of risk reduction measures related to Covid-19 at the travel level, including screening, tracing and vaccination certificates, are fundamental to promoting safe travel and preparing for the recovery in tourism when conditions allow, ”he adds.

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