Recommendations for the reopening to tourism after coronavirus restrictions

31 Mayo 2020
Economic Affairs

Although caution remains, the world is beginning to remove restrictions on tourist travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The specialized agency of the United Nations publishes its global guidelines to reactivate and strengthen this economic sector.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recommended surveillance, responsibility and international cooperation as countries continue to lift travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In its most recent report, UNWTO includes its global guidelines to reopen tourism through a cautious de-escalation that allows the sector to emerge better and stronger from the crisis due to the coronavirus.

The study examines the measurements of 217 destinations around the world as of May 18 and shows that seven of them have lowered travel bans on international tourists, while seven more debate about the reopening of their borders.

The agency notes that all destinations maintain some type of restriction related to COVID-19, in addition to the fact that the 75% still have the borders closed to international tourism. The limitations started 14 weeks ago in some cases.

Social and economic benefits

Given the economic importance of the tourism industry as development engine, UNWTO underscored the need for vigilance, responsibility and international cooperation to set the guidelines for its reactivation.

“Releasing travel restrictions responsibly and at the right time will help numerous social and economic benefits generated by tourism can recover in a sustainable way. All of this will contribute to the livelihoods of millions of people in the world ”, stated the Secretary General of the Organization, Zurab Pololikashvili.

The official explained that the guidelines for the reopening outline the steps governments and the private sector must take to overcome this unprecedented crisis and accelerate safe, smooth and responsible recovery in the next few months.

According to data from the UN agency, depending on when travel restrictions are lifted, international tourist arrivals could be reduced by between 60% and 80%, which puts at risk between 100 and 120 million jobs and it could lead to a loss in exports worth between $ 910 billion and $ 1.2 trillion.

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Tourism in Tunisia.

Protocol development

The guidelines focus on priorities based on mitigation of the economic impact, the development of security protocols and coordinated responses, and the promotion of innovation.

These guides underscore the importance of reset the traveler confidence through protocols designed to reduce risks in each link of the tourism value chain.

These protocols contemplate the application of check procedures where appropriate, including temperature measurement, screening tests, physical distancing, more frequent cleaning and provision of hygiene kits to ensure the safety of air travel, hospitality services, or events.

The guidelines also highlight the opportunity to foster a digital transformation of destinations, companies and employees with initiatives such as free online training and the implementation of applications to improve the coordinated operation of airports and hotels internationally. The role of technology in promoting social distancing in hotels and tourist destinations is also highlighted.

UNWTO detailed that destinations completely closed to tourism still exceed 65% of the total: Africa (74%), Americas (86%), Asia and the Pacific (67%), Europe (74%) and the Middle East (69%).

In the case of the little ones Island developing states, he 85% continue with their borders completely closed tourists, despite the fact that the economy of many of them depends on that economic activity.

31 Mayo 2020
Economic Affairs

Although caution remains, the world is beginning to remove restrictions on tourist travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The specialized agency of the United Nations publishes its global guidelines to reactivate and strengthen this economic sector.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recommended surveillance, responsibility and international cooperation as countries continue to lift travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In its most recent report, UNWTO includes its global guidelines to reopen tourism through a cautious de-escalation that allows the sector to emerge better and stronger from the crisis due to the coronavirus.

The study examines the measurements of 217 destinations around the world as of May 18 and shows that seven of them have lowered travel bans on international tourists, while seven more debate about the reopening of their borders.

The agency notes that all destinations maintain some type of restriction related to COVID-19, in addition to the fact that the 75% still have the borders closed to international tourism. The limitations started 14 weeks ago in some cases.

Social and economic benefits

Given the economic importance of the tourism industry as development engine, UNWTO underscored the need for vigilance, responsibility and international cooperation to set the guidelines for its reactivation.

“Releasing travel restrictions responsibly and at the right time will help numerous social and economic benefits generated by tourism can recover in a sustainable way. All of this will contribute to the livelihoods of millions of people in the world ”, stated the Secretary General of the Organization, Zurab Pololikashvili.

The official explained that the guidelines for the reopening outline the steps governments and the private sector must take to overcome this unprecedented crisis and accelerate safe, smooth and responsible recovery in the next few months.

According to data from the UN agency, depending on when travel restrictions are lifted, international tourist arrivals could be reduced by between 60% and 80%, which puts at risk between 100 and 120 million jobs and it could lead to a loss in exports worth between $ 910 billion and $ 1.2 trillion.

[Descarga nuestra aplicación Noticias ONU para IOS o Android. O subscríbete a nuestro boletín.]

File Photo: OMT
Tourism in Tunisia.

Protocol development

The guidelines focus on priorities based on mitigation of the economic impact, the development of security protocols and coordinated responses, and the promotion of innovation.

These guides underscore the importance of reset the traveler confidence through protocols designed to reduce risks in each link of the tourism value chain.

These protocols contemplate the application of check procedures where appropriate, including temperature measurement, screening tests, physical distancing, more frequent cleaning and provision of hygiene kits to ensure the safety of air travel, hospitality services, or events.

The guidelines also highlight the opportunity to foster a digital transformation of destinations, companies and employees with initiatives such as free online training and the implementation of applications to improve the coordinated operation of airports and hotels internationally. The role of technology in promoting social distancing in hotels and tourist destinations is also highlighted.

UNWTO detailed that destinations completely closed to tourism still exceed 65% of the total: Africa (74%), Americas (86%), Asia and the Pacific (67%), Europe (74%) and the Middle East (69%).

In the case of the little ones Island developing states, he 85% continue with their borders completely closed tourists, despite the fact that the economy of many of them depends on that economic activity.