G20 Nations Back Covid Vaccine Passport Efforts to Boos Travel, Tourism

Jessica Wong

The world’s 20 major economies threw their weight behind efforts to introduce so-called vaccine passports to boost travel and tourism, stressing that a resumption is crucial for a global economic recovery, according to a draft statement seen by Bloomberg. Tourism ministers from the Group of 20 nations, who met on […]

The world’s 20 major economies threw their weight behind efforts to introduce so-called vaccine passports to boost travel and tourism, stressing that a resumption is crucial for a global economic recovery, according to a draft statement seen by Bloomberg.

Tourism ministers from the Group of 20 nations, who met on Tuesday, said the outlook for a sector devastated by pandemic lockdowns remains “highly uncertain,” according to the draft, which is subject to change.

The travel and tourism industry was one of the most hard hit economically by restrictions on activity to contain the coronavirus. It saw its contribution to global output collapse by 49% to 4.7 trillion dollars in 2020, causing the loss of 62 million jobs, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. International visitor spending plunged by an unprecedented 69%.

“We emphasize that the resumption of travel and tourism is crucial for global economic recovery because of the direct and indirect economic impact this sector has on others,” the document said. The pandemic is an opportunity to “shape a more resilient, sustainable and inclusive tourism sector,” it also said.

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