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End of summer season in the HERIT-DATA pilot sites
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This month, we will take a look at how this unprecedented summer season went in some of our pilot sites.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought many unforeseen challenges in the tourism sector, with no exception for our pilot sites in Dubrovnik (Croatia), Pont du Gard (France), Ancient Olympia (Greece), Florence (Italy), Valencia (Spain) and Mostar (Bosnia Herzegovina).

All the sites had to shut down for several weeks due to lockdown measures, and their re-opening did not bring the same numbers of visitors than in previous years. Most of them had to count on domestic visitors rather than international ones.

For example, the Florence pilot site adopted several measures to promote tourism, such as the Florence Welcome Card, allowing for discounts on several attractions, or the presence of popular web influencers in key heritage sites.

The Mostar old town attracted mainly domestic tourists, who could benefit from tourism vouchers, and tourists from neighbouring countries, especially from Serbia. Like in other pilot sites, Mostar adopted measures to keep the touristic sites safe: availability of sanitizing gel at each entry point, obligation to wear a mask, social distancing in closed sites.

Stay updated about the HERIT-DATA pilot sites: visit our website!
News from the tourism sphere
UNWTO policy brief for a more sustainable & inclusive tourism
Policy brief front page

The tourism sector has always shown resilience in situations of crisis, but the Covid-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges which make it necessary to adopt global measures.
UNWTO has published a policy brief to illustrate the impact of Covid-19 on tourism and to draw a roadmap addressing the key challenges that affect not only this sector, but the economy as a whole.

100 to 120 million jobs directly related to tourism are at risk globally, in addition to jobs in other sectors affected by tourism. Women, young people and workers in the informal economy are most at risk. UNWTO also estimates a loss of 910 billon to 1.2 trillion US $ in export from tourism and in international visitors’ spending.

In this situation, the UNWTO policy brief provides a roadmap to restart tourism, based on the following five priorities:

  1. Mitigate socio-economic impacts on livelihoods
  2. Boost competitiveness and build resilience
  3. Advance innovation and digital transformation of tourism
  4. Foster sustainability and green growth
  5. Support coordination and partnerships to restart the sector towards achieving SDGs

Read the article and download the policy brief here


Here is a selection of upcoming events and webinars:

Universités du tourisme durable
Troyes, France
October 8-9 - Click here

TTG Travel Experience
Rimini, Italy
October 14-16 - Click here

Rencontres nationales etourisme
Pau, France
October 13-15 - Click here

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