Tourists arriver 87% in January 2021 as UNWTO for stronger cordination to restart

The devastating impact of COVID-19 impact on global travel entered 2021, with new data showing 87% drop in international travel in January compared to 2020. Forecasts for the rest of the year should be cautious as the UN of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) continues to call for stronger regulation and travel arrangements between countries to ensure the flow of travelers and avoid the coming year of huge loss for the region. With a strong end in 2020, global travel is another challenge at the beginning of the year as countries block travel in response to the outbreak of a new virus. According to a new edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, the region continues to experience major falls among tourists in the first month of the year. Serious experiments, human isolation, and in some cases completely demarcating the borders, have hampered the start of foreign travel. In addition, the speed and distribution of the vaccine system has been slower than expected, hampering the recovery of travel. The worst global economy in Asia and the Pacific (-96%), an area that continues to have difficult restrictions on travel and destinations, recording the largest number of arrivals in January. Both Europe and Africa saw a drop of 85% in imports, while the Middle East recorded a fall of 84%. Immigration to the United States decreased by 79% in January, following positive results in the 15th quarter of the year. UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “2020 is the worst year on record for travel. The world needs to work harder and faster to ensure a positive 2021. Millions of lives and businesses depend on it. Improvements in national infrastructure and difficult travel and health systems are needed to restore confidence in travel and allow international travel to resume safely before the peak summer season in cities. high. ”