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Restrictions on travel, introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, are slowly being eased, allowing tourism to restart in a growing number of destinations.

Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary-general, UNWTO, recently commented on the tourism restart, by saying:

“Global tourism has never been more united than it is now. Both in assessing the impact of COVID-19 and in looking at how we can restart tourism in a responsible way, based on the best that our sector has to offer: sustainability, innovation, collaboration and solidarity.

COVID-19 has placed the whole world on lockdown, with new research from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showing that 100 percent of global destinations continue to have restrictions on travel in place, and 72 percent have completely closed their borders to international tourism.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 22 percent fall in international tourist arrivals during the first quarter (Q1) of this year, the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows.

In the face of an unprecedented challenge, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), has recently called on innovators and entrepreneurs to put forward new solutions to help the tourism sector recover from COVID-19.

The Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) paid a high-level visit to Greece to meet with the prime minister and minister of tourism and offer the United Nations’ specialised agency’s support as the country works to grow and diversify its tourism sector.

Year after year, destinations are receiving more and more travellers whose motivation is to visit locations where famous series or movies were filmed.

The EBRD and the UNWTO are joining forces to strengthen sustainable and inclusive tourism as a tool for achieving growth and development.

Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary general, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and Luis Gallego, CEO, Iberia, have signed a cooperation agreement in favour of sustainable tourism, at the headquarters of the airline.

International tourist arrivals grew four percent from January to June (H1) of this year, compared to the same period in 2018, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer published ahead of the 23rd World Tourism Organization General Assembly.