When Will Global Tourism Reach Pre-Pandemic Levels?
13:27 18.10.2023 (Updated: 13:28 18.10.2023)
© Sputnik . Ramil SitdikovTourists from China walk on Red Square in Moscow. The group, which arrived in Moscow from China for the first time since the resumption of tourism, consists of 34 people, all of them from the city of Guangzhou.
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SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan (Sputnik) - World tourism will reach up to 95% of pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili said on Wednesday.
"On a global scale, world tourism is on its way to reach at least 80% and maybe even 95% of the pre-pandemic level," Pololikashvili said at the 25th UNWTO General Assembly.
The number of tourists worldwide increased by 43% in January-July 2023 compared to the same period last year, reaching 700 million people, or 84% of the pre-pandemic level, he added.
The tourist flow to Europe and Africa has almost reached the level of 2019, and tourism in the Middle East has exceeded the pre-pandemic level, the secretary general said. Tourism in the Asia-Pacific region has also recovered rapidly, he added.
The 25th UNWTO General Assembly is taking place in Uzbekistan's Samarkand from October 16-20.