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United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has launched a new Tourism Recovery Tracker to support global tourism, which represents the latest concrete action undertaken by the United Nations specialized agency as it leads the response of global tourism and guides recovery.

The UNWTO Tourism Recovery Tracker covers key tourism performance indicators by month, regions, and subregions allowing for a real-time comparison of the sector recovery across the world and industries. It compiles all the relevant data in one place, giving governments and the private businesses the ability to track the recovery of  tourism at a global and regional level, alongside information on the top destinations for international tourism The tracker 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

According to UNWTO, the tracker is a collaborative effort by a group of partners including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), ForwardKeys, STR, Sojern and AIRDNA and is the most comprehensive tourism dashboard to date which available for free.

UNWTO’s latest World Tourism Barometer shows that 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. This is around five times the loss in international tourism receipts recorded in 2009 amid the global economic and financial crisis.

The Tracker was announced on the back of the 112th Session of the UNWTO Executive Council, which met in person and virtually in Tbilisi, Georgia, to work together to guide the sustainable and responsible recovery of tourism from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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