40% of destinations ease travel restrictions

Anjali Caldera | Published: 2:50 PM Aug 5 2020
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Forty per cent of destinations worldwide have now eased the restrictions they placed on international tourism in response to COVID-19, revealed the latest analysis from the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

This shows a trend of a slow but continuous increase in the restart of international tourism. The last count recorded on 19 July showed only 22 per cent of destinations had eased restrictions on travel.

Of the 87 destinations that eased restrictions, only four had lifted all restrictions, while the others maintained some measures such as the partial closure of borders. Another 115 destinations continue to keep their borders completely closed to tourism, according to the report.

Last week, UNWTO released the data on the impact of the pandemic on tourism, both in terms of lost tourist arrivals and lost revenues. The data shows that by already by the end of May, the pandemic had led to US$ 320 billion in lost revenues, already amounting to three times the cost of the 2009 Global Economic Crisis.

Anjali Caldera | Published: 2:50 PM Aug 5 2020

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