The ‘Healing Solutions’ challenge calls for entrepreneurs to submit ideas that can help the tourism sector mitigate the impact of the pandemic and kickstart recovery efforts.
UNWTO expects that Asia and the Pacific will be the worst affected regions, with an anticipated fall in arrivals of nine to 12 percent.
Major sporting events, including the Tokyo Olympics, and cultural events such as Expo 2020 Dubai are expected to have a positive impact on the sector.
Confidence in global tourism has started to pick up again after slowing down at the end of 2018, according to the latest UNWTO Confidence Index survey.
With international arrivals reaching 1.4 billion in 2018, the UNWTO Secretary-General underscored how tourism “keeps growing ahead of the world economy, which we almost doubled last year”.
The report examines the fast-growing outbound market of the GCC countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates .
At the beginning of 2018, Jordanian Economist Taleb Rifai, who held the position of Secretary-General to the United Nations World Tourism Organization since 2010, was replaced by Georgian Ambassador Zurab Pololikashvili. Discussing the role tourism plays and the organization’s focus he said, “The UNWTO’s new vision is about making tourism...