Strong tourism growth in the Middle East (+157 percent) and Africa (+156 percent) remained below 2019 levels respectively.
In UNWTO’s 2021 competition, over 40 villages from more than 30 countries across the five world regions were recognized.
The Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO initiative was launched to advance the role of tourism in safeguarding rural villages.
The NEOM and UNWTO competition is the first national initiative dedicated to identifying new leaders of the tourism sector’s transformation.
Under the theme of “Gastronomy Tourism: Promoting Rural Tourism and Regional Development,” the event will focus on the gastronomy tourism contribution to economic integration.
Zurab Pololikashvili said: “Well-targeted investments can stimulate entrepreneurship, create jobs and drive tourism’ green transformation”.
This is an international standard offering guidelines to ensure access and enjoyment of tourism for all on an equal basis.
Restrictions apply to fully vaccinated passengers, and 17 percent of destinations mention vaccinated passengers in their regulations.