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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%…

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International Tourism Growth continues to outpace the Global Economy

Limited data available for Africa (+4%) points to continued strong results in North Africa (+9%) while arrivals in Sub-Saharan Africa grew slower in 2019 (+1.5%)

1.5 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded in 2019, globally. A 4% increase on the previous year which is also forecast for 2020, confirming tourism as a leading and resilient economic sector, especially in view of current uncertainties. By the same token, this calls for such growth to be managed…

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Tourism leading other Global Sectors in Advancing Gender Equality, new report shows

In Morocco, for example, women have been issued tour guide licenses for the first time

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with UN Women, The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), World Bank Group and Amadeus, has launched the long-awaited second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism. The publication highlights the progress the global tourism sector has made in advancing gender…