Published on : Friday, September 25, 2020
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation recently launched a new Tourism Recovery Tracker to support global tourism in a time when growing numbers of countries around the world have started easing travel restrictions. The move comes as the latest concrete action undertaken by the United Nations specialised agency as it leads the response of global tourism and guides recovery.
The Tourism Recovery Tracker was first announced on the back of the 112th Session of the UNWTO Executive Council, which took place in person and virtually in Tbilisi, Georgia, with the aim of working together to guide the sustainable and responsible recovery of tourism from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tracker can be considered as the most comprehensive tourism dashboard to date, and is the result of a partnership between international organisations and the private sector presented by a group of partners including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), ForwardKeys, STR, Sojern and AIRDNA. It compiles all the relevant data in one place, and provides governments and private businesses the ability to track the recovery of tourism at a global and regional level.
In addition to providing information on the top destinations for international tourism, the tracker also includes data on international tourist arrivals, seat capacity in international and domestic air routes, air travel bookings, hotel searches and bookings, occupancy rates and demand for short term rentals. The tracker is also available for free and covers key tourism performance indicators by month, regions and sub-regions. It allows for a real time comparison of the sector recovery across the world and industries.
According to UNWTO’s latest World Tourism Barometer, the massive drop in international travel demand over the period January-June 2020 translates into a loss of 440 million international arrivals and about US$ 460 billion in export revenues from international tourism. The number is around five times the loss in international tourism receipts recorded in 2009 amid the global economic and financial crisis.