The COVID-19 pandemic has severely damaged the global tourism sector. The latest edition of the UN World Tourism Organization World Tourism Barometer shows that restrictive measures introduced to prevent the spread of infection led to a 98% decrease in the number of tourists in May this year compared to last year. According to the UN WTO, losses from international tourism amounted to $320 billion.
While global tourism is slowly recovering from the easing of restrictions, its prospects remain unclear due to a number of risks, such as people’s concerns about travel safety.
“The UN-WTO-led Global Tourism Crisis Committee has supported our recommendations for resuming tourism, and we are currently transforming this determination into concrete actions aimed at restoring the sector. Our efforts are being responded at the highest level – from the heads of states to the unprecedented support of the UN Secretary-General,” said Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization.
Thus, the World Travel & Tourism Council has proposed to adopt a Global Protocol for the protection of health and safety of tourists, implement a strategy for their rapid testing and tracking the ways of infection.
Thus, Tintagel Castle in the South-West of England, which once was the residence of king Arthur, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the UK. Every year more than 250 thousand tourists come here. However, this year, the number of visitors has fallen sharply due to the pandemic. After renewal of work, in order to ensure the safety of staff and visitors, a new system of visits was introduced in the castle: social distancing, including a one-way route of visits, limited access to cafes, etc.
And in Italy, a state policy, aimed at reviving tourism, has begun to operate. According to it, families and individuals who spend holidays in this country can receive a financial bonus.