The Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili, was received yesterday by King Philip VI to assess how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the tourism sector nationally and internationally. According to a statement from the UNWTO, “the hearing is a recognition of the importance of the tourism sector for economic and social recovery from the pandemic.
During the hearing, Pololikashvili underlined the urgency of achieving a coordinated policy response at international level, as well as a real commitment to support tourism, a sector that represents 10% of global employment.
The COVID-19 crisis has coincided with the beginning of the countdown to meeting the 17 Goals of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Precisely, tourism has demonstrated its relevant role for sustainable development, “and that is why it must be part of the rescue programs and actions ensuring that no one is left behind,” said Pololikashvili.
Last January, Pololikashvili presented the King with the Madrid Declaration on Tourism in the 21st Century. This declaration, said the Secretary General, “is now more valid than ever because it bets on the resilience of tourism in the most difficult situations”.