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18 Jan 2022

World Tourism Barely improve in 2021, Full Recovery Expected to be on 2024

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said on Tuesday, the world tourism industry barely improved last year compared to 2020, with all indicators staying way below pre-pandemic levels and industry professionals not expecting a full recovery before 2024.

The tourism industry experience a huge downfall in 2020 due to country’s lockdowns and travel restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, which made people around the world limit their activity and lose their livelihoods.

Madrid-based UNWTO said in a report, rising vaccination rates and the easing of travel restrictions did allow a small rebound in the second half of 2021. Though the spread of the Omicron variant in December triggered another dip in both travel bookings and industry optimism.

The report also said, "The pace of recovery remains slow and uneven across world regions due to varying degrees of mobility restrictions, vaccination rates and traveller confidence."

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