The toughest international travel restrictions in history: Global tourism suffers from ‘dark moments’

British media reported that the latest research shows that the impact of the new coronavirus outbreak, all tourist destinations around the world are now in place travel restrictions. The United Nations World Tourism Organization(UNWTO) survey of all 217 tourist destinations said it was “the most severe international travel restriction in history”.

According to the Daily Mail website on April 28, the study showed that 83% of tourist destinations have implemented restrictions related to the new corona outbreak for four or more weeks, and so far no measures have been lifted.

Reported that the UNWTO in the study of the types of restrictions implemented around the world to analyze the evolution of the restrictions since January 30, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of new coronary pneumonia as an “international public health emergency of concern.”

Analysis shows that 45 per cent of tourist destinations have completely or partially closed their borders to tourists. At the same time, 30 per cent of tourist destinations have suspended international flights altogether or partially. Eighteen per cent of tourist destinations prohibit the entry of passengers from a particular country of origin or who have transited a particular destination. Another 7 per cent of tourist destinations adopted other measures, such as isolation or self-segregation for 14 days, or different visa measures for new arrivals.

Now, the UNWTO says it is leading a call on governments around the world to commit to supporting tourism in overcoming this unprecedented challenge.

UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said the new corona outbreak had led to a sudden and unexpected drop in demand for tourism, endangering the jobs and livelihoods of millions of people, as well as the progress made in recent years in sustainable development and equality.

“Tourism has proven that it is committed to people-oriented,” he explains. Our industry can also take the lead in driving the recovery. “

“This study of global travel restrictions will help implement exit strategies in a timely and responsible manner, enabling tourist destinations to relax or eliminate travel restrictions at a safe time,” he said. “

“In this way, tourism can bring back social and economic benefits and provide individuals and the country as a whole with a path to sustainable recovery,” he added. “

The unWTO’s findings come as the London-based World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) has reportedly warned that tourism jobs have fallen by an astonishing 100 m, as a result of the new crown outbreak.

The WTTC said the shocking figure had risen by more than 30 per cent in the past four weeks, indicating the huge impact the crisis had had on the industry.

The T20 tourism ministers recently held a virtual video conference at which the WTTC warned them about the severity of the crisis. Of the 100.8 million jobs affected, nearly 75 million are in the G20 countries.

Reported that the data show that the most affected will be Asian countries, followed by the Americas, followed by European countries.

Gloria Guevara, president and chief executive officer of WTTC, said: “It is shocking and deeply worrying that such a change has taken place in such a short period of time. “

“Our research shows that 25 million jobs have been lost in the travel and travel sector in the past month alone,” Guevara said. The outbreak is destroying the entire tourism industry. “

“We have reminded g20 tourism ministers to be concerned about the scale of the crisis and have made recommendations on how governments can quickly step in to support and protect our industry,” she said. “

“Tourism and travel are the pillars of the global economy,” she added. Without travel and travel, the global economy will struggle to recover in any meaningful way, and hundreds of millions of people will suffer huge economic and spiritual losses in the years to come. “