UNWTO reports data about international travel during first 5 months of 2021
The latest UNWTO data shows that during the first five months of 2021, world destinations have recorded 147 million fewer international arrivals compared to the same period of 2020. It is 460 million less than the pre-pandemic year of 2019.
The biggest crisis in the history of tourism continues into a second year. However, the data does point to a relatively small improvement in May, with arrivals declining by 82% (versus May 2019), after falling by 86% in April. This slight upward is related to some destinations starting to ease restrictions and consumer confidence rising slightly. Meanwhile, domestic tourism continues to grow in many parts of the world.
Zurab Pololikashvili, UNWTO Secretary-General, said:
“Accelerating the pace of vaccination worldwide, working on effective coordination and communication on ever changing travel restrictions while advancing digital tools to facilitate mobility will be critical to rebuild trust in travel and restart tourism.”
Asia and the Pacific continue to suffer the largest decline with a 95% drop in international arrivals in the first five months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2019. Europe (-85%) has recorded the second-largest decline in arrivals, followed by the Middle East (-83%) and Africa (-81%). The Americas (-72%) see a comparatively smaller decrease.