50 million may lose their jobs in the tourism industry

Nearly 50 million people worldwide can lose their jobs in the tourism sector because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The World Travel and Tourism Council has been alerted for this. Vacations will drop by 25 percent in 2020. And this outflow will lead to job cuts in the industry between 12 and 14 percent.

There are five recommendations from the council for faster recovery of the industry. The first measure to be taken after the end of the pandemic is the simplification of visa regimes, the reduction of visa costs and the processing time of the necessary documents. As well as the introduction of new technologies to make travel safer.

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Other recommendations include the elimination of unnecessary barriers such as the rule for the retention of slots by airlines, the elimination of additional taxes and fees that make travel more expensive, and support congress and event tourism, which will recover most slowly from the crisis, increase destination marketing and advertising budgets.

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