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Tuesday, 04 February, 2020, 15 : 39 PM [IST]

UNWTO expresses solidarity with China and asks the Tourism sector to put people’s wellbeing first

United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) while expressing solidarity with the Chinese people, government and the country’s tourism sector at the time of crisis, has urged the tourism sector to put people and their well-being in front. In a statement issued by the global agency, it assured all support and cooperation to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in all its actions to bring awareness and contain the spread of novel Coronavirus. 

“In recent years, China has emerged as a true global tourism leader, both as a source market and as a leading destination in itself, providing livelihoods for millions of people across the country. And tourism will offer a valuable lifeline as China recovers and rebuilds from this setback, just as the sector has proven its resilience many times before,” UNWTO said in a statement.

As a responsible sector and economic activity, the global agency has urged the tourism industry to “live up to its responsibility as an integral part of wider society. The sector must put people and their wellbeing first.”

“The cooperation of the tourism sector will be vital in stopping the spread of the virus and limiting its impact on people and communities. Tourists also have a responsibility to inform themselves before they travel in order to limit the threat of transmission, and they should follow the recommendations of the WHO and their own national health authorities.
Tourism is vulnerable to the effects of public health emergencies and is already being affected by this outbreak. However, it is too early to fully estimate the impacts this outbreak will have.
UNWTO as the specialized UN agency for tourism will continue supporting WHO, the lead UN agency for the management of this outbreak by advising and providing tourism specific guidance.” the statement said. 
 
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