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WTTC predicts the return of more than 100 million jobs in global tourism in 2021

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announced that more than 100 million jobs could return to the industry in 2021 as the world begins to reopen thanks to the latest coronavirus vaccination and testing efforts.

The latest economic forecast from the WTTC shows that a solid summer of travel is expected, as many major travel companies have reported a significant increase in advance bookings.


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The tourism council warned that 174 million jobs in the tourism sector around the world were at risk at the height of the pandemic, but officials said the most optimistic scenario predicts that up to 111 million jobs could be reactivated.

“We are looking forward to a strong summer of travel, thanks to a combination of mask use, the launch of global vaccination and exit testing, opening the door to international travel once again,” said the WTTC President, Gloria Guevara.

“This projected result will be a great relief and will be welcomed as the beginning of the long-awaited recovery, for a sector that for so long has suffered the brunt of hugely damaging travel restrictions.” Guevara continued.

Despite the increase in travel jobs, the numbers would still be 17 percent below the 2019 figures, representing 54 million fewer jobs.

The WTTC’s best-case scenario includes a travel recovery beginning in late March and factors in vaccination schedules and the rapid adoption of test and trace regulations. A more conservative result would still see a return of 84 million jobs, but this would be 25 percent below 2019 levels.


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