The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Launches New Tourism Recovery Tracker to Support Global Tourism

Main Photo: The Tourism Skyline

Date: September 2020

Locations: Global

What Have They Done: The UNWTO has launched a global Tourism Recovery Tracker. Available for free, the dashboard provides information on hotel bookings and rates, air travel capacity and tourist arrivals.

The tool will allow users to have a real time comparison across global regions, to spot opportunities and understand best practice. Tourism receipts are estimated to have been US$460bn down in the first half of 2020.

As growing numbers of countries around the world ease restrictions on travel, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has launched a new Tourism Recovery Tracker to support global tourism. This represents the latest concrete action undertaken by the United Nations specialised agency as it leads the response of global tourism and guides recovery.

The Tracker is the result of a partnership between international organisations and the private sector. It covers key tourism performance indicators by month, regions and sub-regions allowing for a real time comparison of the sector recovery across the world and industries.

The UNWTO Tourism Recovery Tracker compiles all the relevant data in one place, giving governments and the private businesses the ability to track the recovery of tourism at global and regional level, alongside information on the top destinations for international tourism The tracker includes data on:

International tourist arrivals
Seat capacity in international and domestic air routes,
Air travel bookings,
Hotel searches and bookings,
Occupancy rates and
Demand for short term rentals

The UNWTO Tourism Recovery Tracker is a collaborative effort by a group of partners including the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), ForwardKeys, STR, Sojern and AIRDNA.

According to UNWTO latest World Tourism Barometer, the massive drop in international travel demand over the period January-June 2020 translates into a loss of 440 million international arrivals and about US$ 460 billion in export revenues from international tourism. This is around five times the loss in international tourism receipts recorded in 2009 amid the global economic and financial crisis.

The Tracker was announced on the back of the 112th Session of the UNWTO Executive Council, which met in person and virtually in Tbilisi, Georgia, to work together to guide the sustainable and responsible recovery of tourism from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

THPT Comment: Good to see this tool for all concerned…investors, operators, media and others. Go to the Tracker here

First Seen: UNWTO press release

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