Domestic tourism to drive recovery, says UNWTO


As restrictions on travel begin to ease globally, destinations around the world are focusing on growing domestic tourism, with many offering incentives to encourage people to explore their own countries. With domestic tourism set to return faster than international travel, this represents an opportunity for both developed and developing countries to recover from the social and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, says the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Recognising the importance of domestic tourism, the United Nations specialised agency has released the third of its Tourism and Covid-19 Briefing Notes -- Understanding Domestic Tourism and Seizing its Opportunities. UNWTO data shows that in 2018, around 9 billion domestic tourism trips were made worldwide – six times the number of international tourist arrivals (1.4 billion in 2018). The publication identifies ways in which destinations more...