UNWTO urges nations to vigilantly ease travel bans

Economies across the globe have suffered a lot pertaining to the global pandemic of coronavirus and the restrictions at place as a result of the pandemic. Of all the sectors, because of the coronavirus travel restrictions, the tourism sector has suffered a lot.

On May 11, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) called on governments to work in a cooperative manner so to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions in a timely and responsible way “when it is deemed safe to do so”.

Per the reports of the UNWTO, 83 percent of European destinations have “introduced a complete closure of borders for international tourism”.

The UNWTO report also highlights that no destination has so far lifted or eased travel restrictions.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said, tourism is “the hardest hit of all the major sectors as countries lockdown and people stay at home…Tourism is a lifeline to millions, especially in the developing world…Opening the world up to tourism again will save jobs, protect livelihoods and enable our sector to resume its vital role in driving sustainable development.”

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