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Tourism ministers from G20 countries are committed to ensuring that “the lifting of travel restrictions is coordinated”, as many countries seek to ease containment and “support the economic recovery” of the tourism sector.

Lhe G20 tourism ministers pledged on Friday to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on world tourism, one of the most affected sectors with millions of jobs at risk.

Travel restrictions put in place to contain the pandemic have severely affected global tourism, which is expected to drop 45% this year, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Tourism ministers from G20 countries are committed to ensuring that “the lifting of travel restrictions is coordinated”, as many countries seek to ease containment and “support the economic recovery” of the tourism sector.

“We are committed to helping businesses, entrepreneurs and workers in the tourism sector (…) adapt and prosper during a new post-crisis era,” the ministers said in a joint statement following a virtual meeting. organized by Saudi Arabia, which currently chairs the G20.

Up to 75 million jobs in the sector are threatened, the group added, referring to figures from the World Travel and Tourism Council.

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