World Tourism Day: Tourism sector needs paradigm shift in thinking to survive, says iGP


Press Statement

Unchir-Dunktok, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, 27 September 2021: The India Greens Party (iGP) today said there is a great need for a paradigm shift in the thinking of the tourism sector as the world is facing the biggest crisis in the history of tourism due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a press statement issued here at the national head office of the party, on the occasion of the World Tourism Day today, the iGP President Suresh Nautiyal said the impact of the pandemic on tourism could result in a more than $4-trillion loss to the global economy and tourism.

Mr Nautiyal said the Covid-19 pandemic already has had a massive social and economic impact. Both developed and developing economies have been hit. And marginalised groups and the most vulnerable have been hit hardest of all.

“In view of all this, there is a great need for a paradigm shift in the thinking of the tourism sector. Even the experts do not expect a return to pre-Covid arrival levels until 2023 or later. Therefore, a restart of tourism will help kickstart recovery and growth,” the Green leader said.

Tourism employs one in every ten people on Earth. Because of the pandemic, 100-120 million direct tourism jobs are at risk. The developing countries have borne the biggest brunt of the pandemic’s impact on tourism due to the absence of widespread Covid-19 vaccinations.

The UN World Tourism Organisation has designated the World Tourism Day 2021 as a day to focus on “Tourism for Inclusive Growth.” It foresees that domestic tourism will return before international tourism. Managed well, this could benefit rural communities.

Issued by Deepak Dabral, iGP Office Secretary.


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