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MADRID — New tourism guidelines have been released by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to help the tourism sector emerge stronger – and safer – from COVID-19.
Produced in consultation with the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, the guidelines aim to support governments and the private sector to recover from an unparalleled crisis.
Depending on when travel restrictions are lifted, the United Nations specialized agency warns that international tourist arrivals could fall by between 60% and 80%, putting 100-120 million jobs at risk.
“These guidelines provide both governments and businesses with a comprehensive set of measures designed to help them open tourism up again in a safe, seamless and responsible manner,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. “They are the product of the enhanced cooperation that has characterized tourism’s response to this shared challenge, building on knowledge and inputs from across the public and private sectors and from several UN agencies as part of the UN’s wider response.”
Here are some highlights of the UNWTO Guidelines:
The UNWTO Guidelines are the latest regulations unveiled by global tourism authorities in recent days. Last week, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) unveiled the world’s first global safety and hygiene stamp while top leaders in Canada’s tourism and travel sectors also announced the formation of the Canadian Tourism Roundtable to help streamline and clarify travel rules.