Today September 27, 2020 is day to celebrate and promote tourism, bringing out its benefits while enhancing the quality of Tourism.
Tourism has been among the hardest hit of all sectors by the COVID-19 pandemic. No country has been exempted from the glaring effects.
Restrictions on travel and a sudden drop in consumer demand have led to an unusual fall in international tourism numbers, which in turn have led to economic loss and the loss of jobs.UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Women, youth, and workers in the informal economy are the most at risk from tourism sector job losses and business closures due to the pandemic. At the same time, the destinations most reliant on tourism for jobs and economic growth are likely to be the hardest hit.
The tourism crisis is also a danger to wildlife conservation initiatives and to the protection of the world’s cultural heritage. The sudden fall in tourism revenues has cut off funding for biodiversity conservation.
With livelihoods at risk in and around protected areas, cases of poaching and looting are expected to rise. With 90% of World Heritages Sites closed as a result of the pandemic, humanity’s cultural heritage is at risk in all parts of the world.
On this World Tourism Day, the COVID-19 pandemic represents an opportunity to rethink the future of the tourism sector, including how it contributes to the sustainable development goals, through its social, cultural, political, and economic value.
Tourism can eventually help us move beyond the pandemic, by bringing people together and promoting solidarity and trust – crucial ingredients in advancing the global cooperation so urgently needed at this time.