The UNWTO Secretary-General speaks about easing or lifting of travel restrictions

Published on : Tuesday, September 1, 2020

In his latest message regarding COVID-19’s impact on tourism, the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said, “If tourism brings us together, then travel restrictions keep us apart.”


Pololikashvili added, “Tourism needs to thrive, and this means that travel restrictions must be eased or lifted in a timely and responsible manner. It also means that policy decisions need to be coordinated across borders to face up to a challenge that does not care about borders! ‘COVID-19 and Transforming Tourism’ is a further element in the roadmap for the sector to regain its unique status as a source of hope and opportunity for all. More importantly, restrictions on travel also prevent tourism from delivering on its potential to build a better future for all.”


Pololikashvili launched the “Policy Brief COVID-19 and Transforming Tourism”, which UNWTO took the pivotal role in producing.


In June, the UNWTO lauded the efforts made by Iran’s tourism ministry for managing the travel industry during the corona virus pandemic. Zurab Pololikashvili said in a letter to Minister Mounesan that Iran’s measures are praiseworthy for lessening COVID’s impact on tourism. “A series of measures that the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts of Iran has taken, in accordance with the guidelines and recommendations of UNWTO, has truly earned plaudits as an effective practice to mitigate the impact on tourism,” said a part of the letter.

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