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World tourism will lose 2 trillion dollars because of the pandemic

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According to the report of UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization), in 2021, the losses of world tourism due to COVID-19 will be $ 2 trillion. Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization Zurab Pololikashvili said that the results for the third quarter were encouraging, but the number of travelers was still 76% lower than before the pandemic.

According to Pololikashvili, the pace of recovery of international tourism in different regions of the world remains slow and uneven. In July-September, the number of those wishing to travel to a country increased by 58% compared to the same period in 2020 but still remained 64% lower than in 2019.

While Europe and the Americas saw a relative improvement in the third quarter, travel to Asia and the Pacific was down 95% from 2019 levels. In the Middle East and Africa, the drop was 81% and 74%, respectively. Forty-six destinations (21% of the total) remain closed to tourists.

Uneven vaccination rates and the emergence of new strains of Coronavirus can negatively affect the recovery of global tourism. According to the UNWTO, international travel will remain 70-75% lower at the end of 2021 than in 2019.