World Heritage Sites are flagship attractions in the tourism industries of many countries. Visitor numbers are massively impacted by the current pandemic, with many closed to the public temporarily and hit by the dramatic decrease in international and domestic travel. Covid-19 is costing both lives and livelihoods across the world.

In 2018, over 10% of jobs globally were driven by travel and tourism. Of the 72 countries we have already visited on our virtual journey, Fiji, Jamaica, Cyprus, Malta, Belize, Cabo Verde, Antigua and Barbuda, Cambodia, Dominica and Croatia have a job dependency in this sector of over 20%.

Take a little time to reflect on the global fight against Covid-19. As of today, the total number of confirmed cases in the 72 countries visited is 2,128,850 (UN World Health Organisation). All but 2 of these countries have reported cases, and all but 8 at least 1 death. 137,700 people are known to have died in these countries ‘visited’ to date, although even a brief review of the statistics suggests real numbers are distorted due to differential access to testing. Globally almost 7.4 million cases have been reported worldwide, with 417,731 deaths. Behind each of these numbers are human lives lost and changed forever.

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