Tourism to take 2.5-4 years to fully recover: UNWTO

19-Sep-2020 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Even though many destinations around the world including Vietnam are focusing on restoring tourism activities and gradually easing travel restrictions, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) forecast that the tourism industry will need 2.5-4 years to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 costs global tourism $460 billion

A recent UNWTO report showed that the number of international tourists in June plunged sharply by 93 percent against the previous year’s figure and that recorded in the first half of the year dropped by 65 percent versus the figure in 2019. Accordingly, the global tourism industry lost 440 million international visitors and some $460 billion in export revenue from international travel during the first six months.

The UN agency added that travel recovery efforts are being made by more destinations globally, from 87 destinations in July easing travel restrictions to 115 in early September.

These destinations have a low risk of Covid-19 infection and strictly practice hygiene and health safety measures. Of them, 79 destinations in developed countries have begun to ease travel restrictions, while only 47 destinations in thriving economies have made this move.

Zurab Pololikashvili, general Secretary of UNWTO, said that a responsible and safe start to tourism is gradually taking place worldwide. governments need to closely cooperate with the private sector to help global tourism recover, he added.

Domestic tourism to drive recovery

Given that travel restrictions are starting to ease, many governments around the world, including Vietnam, are focusing on developing domestic tourism. UNWTO believes highly in the potential of domestic tourism in bolstering economic recovery and expects it to pick up faster and stronger than international tourism.

Many destinations throughout the world are offering a wide range of incentives to encourage people to explore their own countries.

In Vietnam, multiple provinces and cities have reduced entrance fees to attract visitors and travel firms, while hotels have also offered special deals and new tours to welcome tourists. Local carriers have decided to increase the flight frequency and open new air routes.

Bamboo Airways, in particular, opened three direct routes from Hanoi, Hai Phong and Vinh cities to Con Dao island off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau this month. National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will increase the flight frequency on six domestic routes linking Hanoi with Vinh, Quy Nhon, Tuy Hoa, Nha Trang, Da Lat and Pleiku in September and October.


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