The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) predicted on Tuesday that global tourism output would plummet by 70% in 2020. Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, held a news conference in the Spanish capital, Madrid, and predicted that global tourism output this year is expected to be 70 percent lower than in 2019, CNN reported Wednesday.
Originaltitle: UN World Tourism Organization: Global tourism output will plunge by 70% this year
Polorikashvili said the global financial crisis in 2008 had reduced tourism output by 10 to 20 per cent, and the impact of the outbreak on the tourism industry would be even worse.
He predicts that more people will travel by land in the summer of 2020 rather than by air, and that mountain resorts may benefit more than beach resorts.
“The World Tourism Organization believes that if the outbreak is brought under further control in September, more international flights will resume operations by then. Pololikashvili said.
THE WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION SAID IN A STATEMENT ON MAY 11 THAT THE STUDY FOUND THAT AS OF LATE APRIL, THE ORGANIZATION HAD IMPOSED EPIDEMIC-RELATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN ALL 217 DESTINATIONS TRACKED AROUND THE WORLD, CNN REPORTED.
Pololikashvili believes that europe will be seen as a model for countries to resume travel, as it has traditionally been the most visited and well-prepared region for tourism practitioners.
He said targeted travel through “green corridors” in different countries and regions “would be low, and this could be the first step in restarting international tourism.” “
Mr Pololikashvili said he preferred to call such travel a “safe corridor” because it would not only bring the virus to their destination, but would also not bring it back to their destination.
(Intern Wu Xu Tong from Shanghai Chinese University multilingual news class)