Tourism body re­leases re­cov­ery blue­print

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The bat­tered tourism in­dus­try can bounce back bet­ter than ever if it gets the ur­gent sup­port it needs to sur­vive, a trade body says. Re­leas­ing a blue­print for re­cov­ery amid the COVID-19 pan­demic, the World Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion has made a se­ries of rec­om­men­da­tions aimed at prop­ping up the sec­tor be­fore any more dam­age is done. Among the 23 steps urged are a re­view of taxes, charges and reg­u­la­tions, a plan to put tourism at the cen­tre of na­tional re­cov­ery ef­forts, and the lift­ing of travel re­stric­tions as soon as pos­si­ble. “For tourism to fulfil its po­ten­tial to help so­ci­eties and whole coun­tries re­cover from this cri­sis, our re­sponse needs to be quick, con­sis­tent, united and am­bi­tious,” said Zurab Polo­likashvili, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the WTO. The WTO, which has formed a global tourism cri­sis com­mit­tee un­der the aus­pices of the UN, said last month that the coro­n­avirus out­break could slash global tourism ar­rivals this year by nearly a third. “We still do not know what the full im­pact of COVID-19 will be on global tourism,” Polo­likashvili said. “How­ever, we must sup­port the sec­tor now while we pre­pare for it to come back stronger and more sus­tain­able. Re­cov­ery plans and pro­grams for tourism will trans­late into jobs and eco­nomic growth.”

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