The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) today highlighted the 80 percent recovery of the sector, while praising the management of the Dominican Republic.
While making a balance of its work from its headquarters in Madrid, UNWTO Secretary General, Zurab Pololikashvili, said that the crisis unleashed by Covid-19 has been overcome and there are international arrivals equivalent to 80 percent of the pre-pandemic levels.
In this regard, he praised the Dominican Republic’s handling of the crisis, which “showed the world how to resume tourism safely”.
Pololikashvili detailed that the pandemic “resulted in a collective loss to our sector of US$3.2 billion,” an estimated economic cost 11 times higher than that of the economic and financial crisis of 2007-08.
Thanks to the World Cup in Qatar and the Dubai World Expo, it is the Middle East that is the fastest recovering region in the smokeless industry at 15 percent more than in 2019.
Overall, Europe at 90 percent, Africa at 88 and the Americas at 85 of 2019 levels also advanced with steady strides, but the most relevant case was the Dominican Republic, according to the UNWTO’s top figure.
Here, our close collaborators in the Dominican Republic showed the world how to safely resume tourism, he emphasized.
Samarkand, Uzbekistan, will host the next UNWTO General Assembly in October, with the priorities of expanding innovation and digital transformation; investing in human capital, education and employment; boosting investment; fostering sustainable and ecological transition; and increasing competitiveness and resilience.