A Local Lens on Returning to International Travel

Ready, Set, Travel … Again

Like many industries, it’s no secret the global travel and tourism industry has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. The United Nations World Tourism Organization(Opens in a new window) (UNWTO) reports that globally, compared to 2019, international tourist arrivals were down 73 percent in 2020 and down 72 percent in 2021.

Furthermore, the UNWTO says that in 2020, compared to the previous year, the pandemic yielded 1 billion fewer international tourist arrivals; a loss of $1.3 trillion USD in total export revenues from international tourism; and more than 100 million direct tourism jobs at risk. Needless to say, travel restrictions and varying requirements to travel have impacted businesses, both big and small, around the world that have a base in international travel and tourism.