UNWTO convenes global tourism crisis committee

first_imgIn the coming days, the UNWTO will publish a series of recommendations for recovery. The document will highlight steps that governments and other authorities need to take to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector and then accelerate recovery. In the end, everyone welcomed the UNWTO sign “Stay home today so you can #TravelTomorrow”, which is promoted on digital media through the hashtag #TravelTomorrow. Stay home today so you can #TravelTomorrowStay home today so you can travel tomorrow “The livelihoods of millions of people and their families are at stake, whether in urban centers or in remote communities where tourism is sometimes a major source of income and a means of social inclusion, heritage protection and rapid development.”, said Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the UNWTO has worked closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to lead the tourism sector while facing the COVID-19 challenge. This meeting, held in Madrid but virtually, stressed the importance of international cooperation and a joint response based on the latest recommendations in public health and reflecting the economic domino effect and social costs of the pandemic. The participants in the coordination meeting agreed that this is a common challenge that can only be solved by working together, and recovery depends on a joint effort of unprecedented proportions. Tourism has proven to be a reliable partner in the past leading the recovery of societies and communities, but only if the economic policies of governments and support packages from donor and financial agencies reflect the way the sector touches every part of society. Without any certainty as to how long this crisis would last or what the final economic and structural impact on tourism could be, all participants were united in their deep concern about the millions of jobs at risk of being lost. Given that small and medium-sized enterprises make up 80% of the sector in the world, the wider social impact of the crisis will surpass tourism, making it a key concern for the international community. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) hosted a virtual high-level meeting, which brought together key United Nations agencies, the chair of the Executive Council and regional commissions, and private sector leaders. Tourism is the economic sector hardest hit by COVID-19 and all participants have accepted the invitation of the UNWTO Secretary-General to become part of Global Tourism Crisis Committee, which was formed as the UNWTO prepares to launch a global guide to recovery. The UNWTO-led committee will hold regular virtual meetings to meet the need for coordinated and effective action by the private and public sectors, governments, international financial institutions and the United Nations. The conclusions of this meeting will be included in the UNWTO recommendations. They will be complemented by a dynamic component aimed at collaborating with innovators around the world through an innovation challenge focused on seeking a tourism response. This challenge, launched with the support of the WHO, will identify new ideas that can be applied to help tourism return to sustainable growth. Source and photo: U This requires political recognition and cooperation between ministries, the involvement of the public and private sectors in the background of broader action plans of financial institutions and regional bodies. Participants accepted the invitation of the UNWTO to be part of a global coordination committee that will hold regular virtual meetings to assess and improve the recommendations depending on the development of the situation. All UN key tourism-related agencies will participate together with the WHO and key representatives of air and maritime transport, as well as the private sector. UNWTO members are a critical part of this committee, which is represented through regional chairs and chairmen of the Executive Council. UNWTO Recovery Recommendations Global Tourism Crisis Committeelast_img read more