International organisations mobilised in favour of tourism
30 Apr 2020

International organisations mobilised in favour of tourism.

With the COVID-19 crisis, which is severely affecting the tourism sector, the major international organisations, both intergovernmental and private, have mobilised.

Their aim is to appeal to public authorities on the importance of adopting measures to help the sector, to assess the impacts of this crisis and to provide recommendations to relaunch tourism.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), for example, has set up a Crisis Committee and launched "a call for action for tourism's COVID-19 mitigation and recovery" in addition to inviting tourism stakeholders to propose "healing solutions for tourism" and launching the "Travel Tomorrow" campaign.

The Tourism Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides an analysis of the impacts on various tourism sub-sectors and of measures specifically implemented for tourism by the governments of various countries.

The G20 tourism ministers met by videoconference on 24 April to agree, among other things, on efforts to revive tourist destinations, initially at the national level, while ensuring coordination when they reopen internationally.

Finally, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which brings together the largest companies in the sector, has repeatedly alerted Governments to the impact of the crisis on jobs in the sector and stressed that tourism is a key element of economic recovery in several countries.

Charles-Etienne Bélanger - ISTO 30-04-2020