The United Nations predicted that international tourism arrivals would likely not rebound to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2023. This was stated by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili in an interview with TASS.
“The UNWTO Panel of Experts predicts a very positive rebound driven by high deferred travel demand in the second and third quarters of 2022. At the moment, we are seeing a slight rebound in the regions of Southern Europe, Central America and the Caribbean," Zurab Pololikashvili said.
According to him, 45% of experts are confident that international tourism will return to the 2019 level in 2024 or later, while 43% point to a rebound in 2023.
"The pace, equitable distribution of vaccines and effective collaboration on travel and health protocols will be key to coordinating the concerted action that tourism needs," he added.
"Ukraine's population is shrinking at one of the fastest growing rates in the world, and likely will decrease to 35 million by 2050. Low fertility rate, high mortality rate and the constant increase in the level of external migration are destroying the human capital of Ukraine, and, consequently, the basis for sustainable development, "the message says.