In 2020, millions of people missed chances to explore different places and embrace different cultures and customs. The world lost out on opportunities for tourism to create jobs, support businesses, and kick-start development.
News of a vaccine against the virus gives the world reason for cautious optimism. “Restrictions on travel must be eased or lifted in a responsible and coordinated manner as soon as it is safe and feasible.” said early this year Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, UNWTO.
The Atmosphere Research Group forecasts that the recovery will be a gradual return rather than a fast bounce-back, and led by domestic travel.
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