The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has called for international cooperation to prepare a united response based on the latest public health recommendations and that takes into account the deep economic and social shock wave of the pandemic, in order to to convene a world crisis committee for tourism.
UNWTO has organized a high-level virtual meeting with key United Nations agencies, Presidents of the Executive Council and Regional Commissions, and private sector leaders, and will hold regular virtual meetings.
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili noted that tourism «is the most affected sector» and that all his estimates have been «outdated» by a changing reality, although all participants were united in their deep concern about the Millions of jobs that could be lost.
«Given that 80% of the sector worldwide is made up of small and medium-sized companies, the social impact of the crisis will go far beyond tourism and becomes a key concern for the international community,» explains the organization.
For this reason, he believes that political recognition and inter-ministerial cooperation are necessary, as well as the involvement of the public and private sectors and broader action plans led by financial institutions and regional bodies.
In the coming days, UNWTO will disseminate a set of recommendations for recovery. The document will highlight the steps that governments and other authorities must take to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 in the tourism sector and accelerate recovery.
Launched with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), this document will identify new ideas that can be put into practice to help tourism return to sustainable growth.