UN / TOURISM COVID-19 IMPACT

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The crash in international tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic could cause a loss of more than (USD) 4 trillion to the global GDP last year and this year, according to a new UN report. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

30 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“A new report released today says that the crash in international tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic could cause a loss of more than $4 trillion to the global GDP last year and this year. The estimated losses due to the pandemic’s direct impact on tourism and the ripple effect on other closely linked sectors. The report published jointly by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says that the tourism sector’s recovery will largely depends on the uptake of the COVID vaccines globally.”
4.Wide shot, press briefing room

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The crash in international tourism due to the COVID-19 pandemic could cause a loss of more than (USD) 4 trillion to the global GDP last year and this year, according to a new UN report.

Speaking to reporters today (30 Jun) in New York, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said, “the estimated losses due to the pandemic’s direct impact on tourism and the ripple effect on other closely linked sectors.”

He also said, “the tourism sector’s recovery will largely depends on the uptake of the COVID vaccines globally.”

According to the report, International tourist arrivals declined by about 1 billion, or 73 per cent, last year, while in the first quarter of 2021 the drop was around 88 per cent. Developing countries have borne the brunt of the pandemic’s impact on tourism, with estimated reductions in arrivals of between 60 per cent and 80 per cent. They have also been hurt by vaccine inequity. The agencies said the “asymmetric roll-out” of COVID-19 vaccines has magnified the economic blow to the tourism sector in these nations, as they could account for up to 60 per cent of global GDP losses.

The report also said that it is expected that tourism will recover faster in countries with high vaccination rates, such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. However, international tourist arrivals will not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2023 or later, due to barriers such as travel restrictions, slow containment of the virus, low traveller confidence and a poor economic environment. While a tourism rebound is anticipated in the second half of this year, the report expects a loss of between $1.7 trillion and $2.4 trillion in 2021, based on simulations which exclude stimulation programmes and similar policies.

The report was published jointly by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
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