World Travel Organization reports gradual reopening of global borders to tourism

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A lot of destinations around the world have now started easing travel restrictions introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although many remain cautious about the development of the pandemic, the seventh edition of the Covid-19-related travel restrictions confirms: A global review of tourism by the UNWTO confirms the ongoing trend towards a gradual restart of tourism.

Analyzing restrictions through September 1, the United Nations agency research found that a total of 115 destinations (53 percent of all destinations worldwide) had eased travel restrictions, up from 28 on July 19.

Of these, two have lifted all restrictions while the remaining 113 continue to have certain restrictive measures.

UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “Coordinated leadership and increased cooperation between government’s means that tourism is slowly but surely starting to resume in many parts of the world. The beginning of the easing of travel restrictions also opens the doors for the return of the social and economic benefits of tourism. While we must remain vigilant and cautious, we are concerned about destinations with persistent total travel restrictions, especially when tourism is a lifeline and economic and social development is threatened. ”

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