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2020 was the Worst Year in the History of Tourism According to UNWTO

News The latest report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) underlines that 2020 was the worst year for global tourism on record. The international arrivals suffered an unprecedented decline of 74%. The newest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer estimated the total loss that the coronavirus pandemic caused to international tourism. The figure is truly mind-blowing – US$1.3 trillion, which is 11 times more than the loss caused by the global crisis in 2009. Tourism is one of the major job providers in many countries, and so from 100 to 120 million people around the world are at risk of losing their jobs today.

To keep the pandemic under control, most countries have to implement certain limitations and travel restrictions. Complete closure of borders, mandatory COVID-19 tests and quarantines make it even harder for tourism-related businesses to recover. Global vaccination is the only way to reopen borders and restore consumer confidence, making people willing to travel again. Today, everyone hopes that travel restrictions will be eased and life will slowly get back to normal in 2021.

Even hotels in Bangkok, Paris, London, New York, and other large gateway cities couldn’t maintain their occupancy in 2020. Although most countries have already started vaccination campaigns, it is too early to say that the crisis is over. Countries also need to add certain measures to make traveling safer such as testing, tracing of sick people, vaccination passports, and so on.

The Panel of Experts in UNWTO expressed their mixed thoughts regarding the recovery of international tourism in 2021. A bit less than half of the respondents (45%) think that 2021 will be better than last year, a quarter of the respondents say that the performance will be similar, and one-third expect even a more difficult year. Overall, experts are less optimistic about the recovery in 2021 now. In October 2020, only 20% of the respondents were expecting the recovery to start in 2022 while 79% were sure that the recovery would start in 2021. Nowadays, half of the respondents expect the recovery to start next year.

When tourism finally starts to recover, UNWTO expects domestic tourism to “wake up” first, as well as outdoor and nature-based activities. As of now, Europe is the most affected region when it comes to a drop in tourism. The decrease in arrivals reached 70% in 2020 or 500 million fewer international guests.

28.01.2021

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Bregenz
Bregenz travel guide
Bregenz is a popular Austrian resort that is glad to accept guests from different parts of the world all year long. On winters this place is very good for alpine ski and so several ski slopes are equipped with everything needed. When spring comes to Austria, tourists will enjoy the splendor of the local nature and can go to numerous excursions either in the town or in the surroundings. Centuries ago the territory of the modern Bregenz was used by Celtic settlements. Later the town was conquered … Read further
Merida
Cuisine of Merida
The formation of traditional Merida cuisine was greatly influenced by Spanish and Indian gastronomy. At city restaurants, they serve a lot of interesting seafood and vegetable dishes. Various spices and seasonings are an important component of all the dishes. The main symbol of regional cuisine is “tortilla” - a crispy thin flatbread made from cornmeal, which is used to prepare dozens of dishes. Tortillas are used to make "nachos" and "quesadilla" - tortillas with fillings. Interesting rolls … Read further
Cairo
Traditions and festivals in Cairo
Strict moral and ethical standards are one of the main national features that are definitely worth mentioning while describing Cairo. Many of the local traditions may seem rather strange to foreign visitors, but travellers should not forget to respect the national culture and comply with all the rules. For instance, women cannot appear in the streets without a male. Here such behavior will be considered disgraceful. Travellers should not forget to select clothes properly before going for a walk … Read further
Monchengladbach
Monchengladbach cultural sights
The guests of the city have an opportunity to take an interesting tour here. The starting point of most tours is the main city square Marktplatz Reid. For hundreds of years, the most significant events have taken place here. Today, the traditional fair is held in the square twice a week. Such fairs will interest those who want to taste the best regional specialties or buy interesting souvenirs and memorable gifts for their loved ones. Historic constructions located near the square are very … Read further
Bucharest
Bucharest attractions and entertainment
Bucharest has simply everything you need for quality rest - beautiful parks and gardens, interesting shopping malls and colorful markets, modern movie theaters and nightclubs, as well as a huge number of attractive restaurants and cafes. Fans of outdoor activities will surely enjoy visiting the garden of Cismigiu, which was founded in the middle of the 19th century. The development of the garden attracted many outstanding designers. Currently Cismigiu is home to rarest trees brought from the … Read further
Terceira Island
Terceira Island for families and kids
Terceira is a place where the child will want to come back, despite the fact that there are no special "children's" entertainments such as amusement parks or water parks. If you wish, you can look for a hotel with a children's club, entertainers and a playground for kids. There are a lot of such places on the island. But your child will enjoy holidays on the island as much as you do. You should remember that some routes will be difficult for a baby. However, there are many opportunities not only … Read further
Biarritz
Shopping in Biarritz
Shopping in Biarritz can turn into an unforgettable adventure. For beach accessories, tourists usually go to La Grande Plage quay. There are dozens of miniature shops selling bathing suits, sunglasses, hats, beach bags and tanning products, as well as many other useful things that can be useful for a beach holiday. Women will be especially interested in visiting these stores. Some pavilions are known for selling fake brand accessories of high quality at affordable prices. For genuine brand … Read further
Albacete
Extreme and fun in Albacete
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