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World Tourism Organisation's grim forecast for international travel

2020-11-24 03:25

Many international jetsetters could be be forced to wait another year before they can dust off their passports again, the world's governing tourism body has warned.The tourism industry was one of the hardest hit by the global coronavirus pandemic as international arrivals plummeted by 70 per cent during the first eight months of 2020, according to the latest figures released on Tuesday.  The World Tourism Organisation predicts an international tourism rebound to begin in the second half of 2021.But the governing body concedes a fifth of experts on its panel don't believe the industry will bounce back until 2022 at the earliest, citing ongoing travel bans.  It could be another year before international travel is revived (stock image)'Travel restrictions are seen as the main barrier standing in the way of the recovery of international tourism, along with slow virus containment and low consumer confidence,' anreleased this week states.'The lack of coordinated response among countries to ensure harmonized protocols and tour đài loan giá rẻ coordinated restrictions, as well as the deteriorating economic environment were also identified by experts as important obstacles for recovery.' The Asia and tour đài loan giá rẻ the Pacific, which includes Australia was the first region to suffer from the impact of COVID-19, which saw international arrivals fall by 78 per cent. The domestic aviation shutdown over the past seven months has cost $17 billion, while the figure for international flights was $61 billion. RELATED ARTICLES

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NSW borders opened up to New Zealand travellers without the need to quarantine. Pictured are some of the first travellers arriving at Sydney International Airport on October 16The first steps towards international travel have already begun with New Zealanders allowed into New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory without the need to quarantine under a one-way arrangement. There's growing speculation South Korea, Japan and other countries in the Pacific could also be added to the Australia's travel bubble in the coming months.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced last week that the domestic borders of all states and territories will be reopened by Christmas, tour du lịch đài loan giá rẻ except Western Australia. But he added international routes remain off the cards.He also announced caps on returning travellers will increase by 300 next month with WA taking an additional 140 passengers in November and Queensland taking an additional 150 international arrivals. 'I think what is important is what we are signalling to the community... we are already moving forward to try and solve these problems, so we are being proactive about it,' Mr Morrison said.  Travel restrictions are seen as the main barrier standing in the way of the recovery of international tourism. Pictured are tourists on a packed Bali beach More countries could join Australia's travel bubble in the coming month. Pictured are New Zealand travellers arriving into Sydney on October 16 Qantas boss Alan Joyce revealed at the airline's annual meeting of shareholders last Friday it will be unlikely for Australians to fly to the US or the UK with the airline for at least another year.'For some of our big destination like the United States and the UK, it's going to need a vaccine given the high prevalence of the virus in both of those locations,' Mr Joyce said.'But we are getting more and more confident about the opportunities and the potential for a vaccine in helping getting those operations up by potentially by the end of 2021.'The national airline  carrier is running less than 30 per cent of its normal domestic capacity due to border closures, having earlier expected to be operating around 60 per cent by now.Qantas chairman Richard Goyder said there were some positive signs around 'travel bubbles', starting with New Zealand, that could result in it flying to destinations it did not serve before COVID-19, such as South Korea, Taiwan and various Pacific islands.  Qantas has indicated its US and UK routes may not resume until late 2021 at the earliest

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