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World tourism will not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024

“The pace of recovery is slow and remains uneven across regions of the world due to varying levels of travel restrictions, immunization rates and travelers’ confidence,” says the World Tourism Organization.

UN agencies predict that this year’s international arrivals will increase by 30 to 78 percent compared to 2021. (Reuters Archive)

According to the World Tourism Organization, the arrival of tourists around the world is not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2024 at the earliest.

According to the Madrid-based United Nations World Tourism Barometer, the highly contagious variant of Omicron, although mild, “recovers” in early 2022 after last year’s growth of 4% in 2020. It will be confusing. “

Tourism revenue in 2020 decreased by 72% year-on-year. This ended with the beginning of a coronavirus pandemic.

“The pace of recovery is slow and remains uneven across regions of the world due to differences in mobility restrictions, immunization rates and traveler confidence,” UNWTO said in a press release.

Expected increase in international arrivals

In Europe and the Americas, the number of foreign tourists arriving surged 19% and 17%, respectively, in 2020 last year.

However, in the Middle East, arrivals in 2021 fell by 24%, while in the Asia Pacific region, they were 65% below 2020 levels and 94% below pre-pandemic levels.

According to the statement, tourism experts “see a better outlook” this year after the initial turmoil of the Omicron wave.

The agency predicts that this year’s international arrivals will increase by 30-78 percent by 2021, well below 2019 levels.

Economic contribution of tourism

Most experts said they do not expect to return to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2024.

Many countries are heavily dependent on tourism and are eager to return to normal.

“The economic contribution of tourism in 2021 (measured by direct gross domestic product of tourism) is estimated at $ 1.9 trillion, up from $ 1.6 trillion in 2020, but still above the pre-pandemic value of $ 3.5 trillion. It’s far below that, “the statement said.

Source: AFP

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