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First National Tourism Satellite Account Launched in Zimbabwe

UNWTO has partnered with the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry (MECTHI) of Zimbabwe to launch the country’s first National Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) today

The Account shows the size and significance of the tourism sector for the Zimbabwean economy, based on the last available pre-COVID-19 data and on data gathered before the formal transition of national currency from US dollar into the Zimbabwean Dollar. The TSA revealed that tourism accounted for 4.25% of the…

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Tourism Grows 4% in 2021 but Remains Far Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

Africa saw a 12% increase in arrivals in 2021 compared to 2020, though this is still 74% below 2019

UNWTO reports 4% rise in international tourist arrivals in 2021; however, 2021 was another challenging year: arrivals still 72% down on pre-pandemic levels; recovery needs stronger coordination and increased vaccination rates. Global tourism experienced a 4% upturn in 2021, compared to 2020 (415 million versus 400 million). However, international tourist…

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Coronavirus - Africa: UNWTO adapts Agenda for Africa to Accelerate Tourism Recovery

African destinations have been hit hard by the restrictions on travel introduced in response to the pandemic

Member States from across Africa have shared their priorities for tourism against the backdrop of COVID-19. As with every other global region, African destinations have been hit hard by the restrictions on travel introduced in response to the pandemic. The sudden and unexpected drop in tourist arrivals has placed many…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Small Island Destinations in critical need of urgent support as tourism plunges, UNWTO warns

International tourist arrivals have fallen dramatically, and destinations that rely on the sector for jobs and economic wellbeing such as small islands will be hit the hardest

Without strong support, the sudden and unexpected fall in tourism could devastate the economies of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has warned. Since tourism is a strong socio-economic pillar of many SIDS, the impact that COVID-19 is having on the sector places millions of jobs…

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Coronavirus: New data shows Impact of COVID-19 on Tourism as UNWTO calls for Responsible Restart of the Sector

UNWTO has reiterated its call for governments and international organizations to support tourism, a lifeline for many millions and a backbone of economies

As tourism slowly restarts in an increasing number of countries, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released new data measuring the impact of COVID-19 on the sector. UNWTO emphasizes the need for responsibility, safety and security as restrictions on travel are lifted. The Organization also reiterates the need for credible…

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Coronavirus – Africa: Allied for Action - Tourism’s restart brings hope for millions

The UNWTO Agenda for Africa has been realigned to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and to accelerate recovery

By UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili Global tourism has never been more united than it is now. Both in assessing the impact of COVID-19 and in looking at how we can restart tourism in a responsible way, based on the best that our sector has to offer: sustainability, innovation, collaboration and solidarity. It’s…

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Coronavirus: African Destinations Meet to Plan Growth and Sustainable Future for Tourism

As well as addressing the immediate challenge posed by COVID-19, discussions also focused on the key areas of World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) Agenda for Africa

Recovery and resilience were the central themes as the members of the World Tourism Organization’s Regional Commission for Africa (CAF) met for the 63rd time today. Reflecting the extraordinary circumstances, the meeting was held virtually, bringing together Ministers of Tourism from across the region with representatives of the African Union, the West…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Restrictions on Tourism Travel starting to ease but caution remains, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Reports

All UNWTO regions have more than 65% of their destinations completely closed to tourism: Africa (74%), Americas (86%), Asia and the Pacific (67%), Europe (74%) and the Middle East (69%)

The world is slowly opening up again, new research from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) indicates, with destinations cautiously easing travel restrictions introduced in response to COVID-19. As the United Nations specialized agency releases its Global Guidelines for Reopening Tourism, signalling a transition into gearing up for stronger and better…

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Coronavirus - Africa: World Tourism remains at a standstill as 100% of countries impose restrictions on travel

Out of all 217 destinations worldwide, 156 (72%) have placed a complete stop on international tourism according to the data collected as of 27 April 2020

COVID-19 has placed the whole world on lockdown, with new research from the World Tourism Organization showing that 100% of global destinations continue to have restrictions on travel in place, and 72% have completely closed their borders to international tourism. From the start of the crisis, the United Nations specialized…

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Coronavirus - Africa/Middle East: International Tourist Numbers could fall 60-80% in 2020, UNWTO reports

The estimates regarding the recovery of international travel is more positive in Africa and the Middle East with most experts foreseeing recovery still in 2020

International tourism down 22% in Q1 and could decline by 60-80% over the whole year; 67 million fewer international tourists up to March translates into US$80 billion in lost exports; UNWTO has outlined three possible future scenarios depending on how the crisis unfolds The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 22%…