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US News: Covid-19: Global tourism should lose $ 2000 billion in 2021

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Certains pays ont connu une reprise de l'activité touristique durant l'été, mais de nouvelles restrictions sont désormais prises dans plusieurs régions du monde. LP/Ph. Lavieille © PH Lavieilla Some countries have resumed tourist activity during the summer, but new restrictions are now taken in several parts of the world . LP / PH. Lavieille This year will not really be better than the previous one. The global tourism sector should still lose $ 2,000 billion (€ 1,780 billion) in 2021 as a result of CVIV-19 pandemic restrictions, announced on Monday the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) . This estimate, similar to the losses wiped in 2020, occurs while new restrictions have been taken, particularly in Europe, to deal with a new wave of the epidemic and that the Omicron Variant, detected for the first time in Africa. South, spreads around the world . These developments show that "the situation is totally unpredictable" and that the tourism sector is not immune to hazards likely to cause "enormous economic damage", has recognized the Secretary-General of the AFP. The UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili. A "historic" crisis according to the UN agency, which will hold from this Tuesday and until 3 December its general assembly in Madrid, the arrivals of international tourists should remain this year "from 70 to 75% lower" to those from the pandemic. "The tourism crisis is historic, but tourism has the ability to quickly recover", however, Nuance Zurab Pololikashvili, saying to have the "hope that 2022 is a much better year than 2021". According to the barometer published by the UN agency, international tourist arrivals have "rebounded during the summer season" , suggesting an improvement after a start of the year atone, thanks to "the rapid progression of vaccinations". Nevertheless, " the rhythm of the recovery remains uneven according to the regions of the world", insists in a communiqué UNWTO, which attributes this heterogeneous situation to "varying degrees of restrictions of mobility, vaccination and trust rates. travellers ". During the third quarter, some Caribbean Islands and several destinations in southern and Mediterranean Europe recorded "nearby arrivals (...) or sometimes higher" at the 2019 levels, highlights the organization based in Madrid. On the other hand, other countries have virtually not allowed tourists, particularly in Asia and the Pacific region, where many states are still prohibiting "non-essential" trips. A "slow" and "fragile" recovery according to the UNWTO, 46 countries remain at this stage completely closed to the Tourists , an on five destination, and 55 are partially. On the other hand, four countries have risen all restrictions: Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. This situation creates "confusion" and weighs on the restart of the activity, judges the UN agency, which calls on the countries to "harmonize" their protocols by taking advantage of the progress related to "vaccination" and the new "digital applications" " Due to the uncertainties that weigh on the evolution of the epidemic, UNWTO does not give at this stage of estimation of the number of tourists who could go abroad in 2022. But it warns that the recovery will be " slow "and" fragile ". "The unequal vaccination rates" and "the new strains of Covid-19", whose Omicron variant, could curb that "recovery", underscores the organization, which also fears the effects "of the recent outbreak of the prices of the price. Oil "on trips. Faced with these obstacles, only a "coordinated response" of countries will "restore consumer confidence", concludes UNWTO, which has planned to discuss these issues at its General Assembly in the Spanish capital. This meeting, attended by the representatives of the 159 Member States, originally owed to Marrakech, Morocco. But he gave up to host the event due to of the recrudescence of CVIV-19 cases in many countries .

Barcelona: Faulí in the footsteps of Gaudí to complete the Sagrada Familia .
Seventh chief architect of the Sagrada Familia, Jordi Faulí has ​​long been considered the man who will complete the emblematic work of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona. But the pandemic has again cleared the plans of this outstanding site, in progress for almost 140 years. "I would like to be here for many years, of course, but I go back to God," entrusts in a shy grimace this Barcelona, ​​born near the famous basilica, where he started working in 1990. At the time, he was 31 years old.

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