Tourism lost more than 700 trillion in 2020

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According to the Madrid-based World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the global tourism sector has lost $ 1,300 billion (more than 702,657 billion FCFA) in 2020.

The Kovid-19 epidemic has affected many areas, such as oil, hotels, aviation, but also tourism. According to the Madrid-based World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the global tourism sector has lost $ 1,300 billion (more than 702,657 billion FCFA) in 2020.

The figure represents “more than 11 times the losses recorded during the 2009 global economic crisis”, and corresponds to a 74% drop in tourist arrivals in the world compared to 2019, the UNWTO said in a statement. The United Nations agency said that 2020 would be the worst year in the history of tourism, with 1 billion fewer international arrivals than in 2019.

According to estimates by UNWTO experts, tourism threatens 100 to 120 million direct jobs, “a worsening of the overall outlook for a rebound in 2021” and estimates that “international tourism will take four and a half years.” Return to 2019 level ”. “We know the crisis is far from over,” the statement said.

He added, “The harmonization, coordination and digitization of Kovid-19 risk mitigation measures at the travel level, including screening, tracing and vaccination certificates, are fundamental for promoting safe travel and preparing for recovery tourism, When conditions allow, ”he said.

Asia-Pacific is the region that experienced the biggest decline in arrivals in 2020, up by more than -84% in a year. For Europe, the decline is 70% this year, while the Middle East and Africa have declined by 75% and the US by 69%.

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