Global tourism not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024: UN agency

Tourism may not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, according to a UN body. As countries suffer from the Omicron and Delta variants of coronavirus, there are major restrictions on travel. The highly contagious Omicron strain, however mild, will “interrupt the recovery” in early 2022 according to the World Tourism Organization. After the previous year […]

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Global tourism not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024: UN agency

Tourism may not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, according to a UN body. As countries suffer from the Omicron and Delta variants of coronavirus, there are major restrictions on travel. The highly contagious Omicron strain, however mild, will “interrupt the recovery” in early 2022 according to the World Tourism Organization. After the previous year saw a 4% rise over 2020 “the speed of recovery remains slow and unequal across world areas due to differing degrees of movement limitations, vaccination rates, and traveler confidence,” according to a news statement from the UNWTO.

The UN office in Madrid, on the other hand, stated that the tourism industry may “see brighter possibilities” for this year after being impeded in the initial months by the Omicron wave. International arrivals may increase by 30 to 78 percent this year compared to 2021. Although remaining well below 2019 levels.

After the Omicron wave generated volatility in the early months. Tourism experts had “better possibilities,” for this year. According to the announcement, tourism’s economic contribution in 2021 is measured in tourism’s direct gross domestic product. It is approximately $1.9 trillion. Up from $1.6 trillion in 2020 but still well below the $3.5 trillion pre-pandemic number. Arrivals in the Middle East, on the other hand, fell by 24% in 2021. While they fell by 66% in the Asia-Pacific area in 2021, and by 94% from pre-pandemic levels. While, in Europe and America tourism rose by 19% and 17%, respectively. 

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