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15-Sep-2020 00:00:55
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said today that international tourist arrivals dropped by 65 per cent during the first half of the year, a UN spokesperson said today. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 15 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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15 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And our friends in Madrid at the World Tourism Organization said today that international tourist arrivals dropped by 65 per cent during the first half of the year. This represents an unprecedented decrease, as countries around the world closed their borders and introduced travel restrictions in response to the pandemic. According to the UNWTO, the massive drop in international travel translates to a loss of 440 million international arrivals and about 460 billion USD in export revenues from international tourism. They’ve also noted that over recent weeks, a growing number of destinations have started to open up again to international tourists. As of early September, 53 per cent of destinations had eased travel restrictions, but many governments remain cautious.”

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said today that international tourist arrivals dropped by 65 per cent during the first half of the year, a UN spokesperson said.

Addressing reporters today (15 Sep), UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the drop represents “an unprecedented decrease, as countries around the world closed their borders and introduced travel restrictions in response to the pandemic.”

According to the UNWTO, the massive drop in international travel translates to a loss of 440 million international arrivals and about 460 billion USD in export revenues from international tourism.

The Organization also noted that over recent weeks, a growing number of destinations have started to open up again to international tourists. Dujarric said, “As of early September, 53 per cent of destinations had eased travel restrictions, but many governments remain cautious.”
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