Vaccinations and the reopening of borders favor the resumption of tourism

International tourism showed signs of rebounding in June and July 2021 with the easing of travel restrictions in some destinations and the general rise in vaccinations in many parts of the world, the World Organization said on Monday. tourism (OMT). According to the latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, there were 54 million international tourists in July 2021: this is 67% less than in July 2019, but the best result recorded since April 2020. This figure is to be compared to the 34 million international arrivals estimated in July 2020, while being well below the 164 million in 2019, details the OMT, whose headquarters are located in Madrid. → Read also: A global vaccination plan, “crucial” for the recovery of the tourism sector Most of the destinations that communicated data for June and July 2021 experienced a moderate rebound in international arrivals compared to 2020. However, 2021 remains a difficult year for global tourism, with international arrivals from January to July being 80% below their 2019 level. According to the UN organization, Asia-Pacific continued to post the weakest results during the period from January to July, with a drop of 95% in international arrivals compared to 2019. The Middle East (-82%) experienced the second largest decline, followed by Europe and Africa (- 77% both). The Americas (-68%), by comparison, experienced a smaller decline, with the Caribbean showing the best performance of any sub-region in the world. Small islands in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia-Pacific, as well as several small European destinations, performed best in June and July, with number of arrivals close to pre-pandemic levels, or sometimes higher. This improvement, explains the UNWTO, is due to the reopening of many destinations to international travelers, mainly in Europe and the Americas. The easing of travel restrictions for vaccinated travelers, coupled with progress in the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines, has helped restore consumer confidence and gradually restore safe conditions for mobility in Europe and across Europe. other parts of the world. Conversely, most destinations in Asia remain closed to non-essential travel. (With MAP)