How many destinations in the world have been opened to tourists so far?

The World Tourism Organization has published the results of the latest report, which lists the percentage of countries that have opened their gates to tourists, in full or in part. When is Israel? Details in the article

Tourism in the Corona Age. Freepik photo

On July 26th IAS website reporting Because the prime minister gave the Minister of Transportation, Miri Regev, a green light to prepare an outline for opening the sky. On July 29, it was reported that the Ministry of Health would soon allow the new outline after Q.Prof. AItamar Grotto Confirmed this in a discussion in the State Audit Committee. The new outline under which those coming from green countries will not require corona testing and isolation. On July 30, the director general of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Hezi Levy, Re-approved the outline according to which a green state (5-10 infected per day in relation to one million inhabitants) will be determined by the staff of the Ministry of Health, Transport and Foreign Affairs, will be published on August 6 and will be updated once every two weeks.

At present, the State of Israel is dealing with morbidity levels of about 2,000 patients a day and is placed “with great respect” on the list of the six leading countries in morbidity per million inhabitants. Who would want to have us in the world? The European Union has explicitly stated that it would recommend not allowing Israelis to enter, after Greece ‘volunteered’. Is it right to allow Israelis to go abroad without isolation? Many claim that this is a political move after the Minister of the Interior and Health announced their intention to allow their arrival in Israel under facilitating conditions for up to 17,000 young people, non-Israelis, most of them yeshiva students.

Are you confused? Certainly, you do not seem to be the only ones. Now, in parallel with Israel, what is really happening in the world? How many destinations were opened to tourists?

New report from World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Reveals that 40% of all destinations in the world have eased entry restrictions for tourists. The report, published on July 19, is up from 22% on June 15 and 3% on May 15. According to the organization, this is a slow but continuous and responsible trend of removing restrictions.

When will we see the sights of tourists again with a guide in Israel.  Photo Depositphotos
When will we see the sights of tourists again with a guide in Israel. Photo Depositphotos

However, out of the 87 destinations that facilitated tourist entry, only 4 completely removed all restrictions, while 83 partially eased. In addition, the report shows that 115 destinations (53% of all destinations worldwide) continue to maintain their borders completely closed to tourism, including Israel.

UN Secretary-General, Burner Polulikashvili (Zurab Pololikashvili ) He said: “Tourism can be restarted responsibly and in a way that protects public health while also supporting business and livelihoods. As destinations continue to ease travel constraints, international cooperation is of paramount importance. In this way global tourism can gain the trust and confidence of the people, essential foundations for working together to adapt ourselves to the new reality now facing us. ”

According to the organization’s report, destinations with high tourism dependence (Greece for example) are more likely to alleviate travel restrictions: Of the 87 destinations that have recently eased restrictions, 20 are developing countries in small islands (SIDS), many of which depend on tourism as a major pillar of employment. , Economic growth and development. The report also shows that about half (41) of all the destinations that eased the restrictions are in Europe, confirming the region’s leading role in the responsible operation of tourism. Although we are already seeing the restoration of restrictions on European countries fearing the entry of their citizens into Spain, for example, the UK is returning tourists from Spain and has decided to freeze further relief in opening up the economy.

Many destinations are still closed in the long run

When looking at the 115 destinations that continue to be completely closed to international tourism, one finds that most (88) have completely closed their borders to international tourism for over 12 weeks.

The cost associated with the travel limitations presented in response to the COVID-19 eruption has historical dimensions. This week, the organization published data on the impact of the epidemic on tourism, both in terms of tourist arrivals and declining revenues. The data show that by the end of May, the epidemic had led to a loss of revenue of $ 320 billion, already Three times the global economic crisis in 2009.

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