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World Tourism Organization expects global international tourist arrivals to drop by 70% in 2020

Date:2020-12-10

This year, global tourism revenue may decrease by 730 billion US dollars.

"The crisis brought about by the new crown epidemic is an opportunity for the transformation and upgrading of the tourism industry. Innovation and sustainable development are the key pillars of the new normal." Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, 8th Said.

On the same day, the 14th United Nations World Tourism Organization/Asia Pacific Tourism Association International Forum on Tourism Trends and Prospects with the theme of "Tourism Recovery and Transformation" was held in Guilin, Guangxi. Zurab Pololikashvili made the above remarks through a video speech.

After the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, the United Nations World Tourism Organization established the Global Tourism Crisis Committee in March this year to guide the world's tourism industry in responding to the epidemic. Zurab Pololikashvili said that the United Nations World Tourism Organization has always called for the restart of the tourism industry in a safe and responsible manner, and the restoration of revitalization and the removal of travel restrictions are the current top priorities. Strong cooperation between governments and between corporate departments is the key to accomplishing these two tasks.

The United Nations World Tourism Organization predicts that in 2020, the number of global international tourists will drop by 70%, international tourists will drop by 700 million, and global tourism revenue will drop by US$730 billion.

The CEO of the Asia Pacific Travel Association, Mario Hardy, said in a video that with the launch of the new crown vaccine, he believes that it will inject new vitality into the recovery of the tourism industry, and at the same time, it is necessary to continue the current epidemic prevention work to the end.

In November 2009, the United Nations World Tourism Organization/Asia Pacific Tourism Association International Forum on Tourism Trends and Prospects permanently settled in Guilin, becoming an important platform for regionally influential tourism intelligence gathering, exchanges and cooperation.