The opening up of international travel that we are now experiencing must not be at the cost of people and the planet. The UN World Tourism Organisation has announced its new vision for global tourism, the One Planet Vision for the Responsible Recovery of the Tourism Sector. It calls for six lines of action to guide responsible tourism: public health, social inclusion, biodiversity conservation, climate action, circular economy and governance and finance. Let’s not go back to how things were before.

As of today, the total number of confirmed cases in the 94 countries visited is 4,151,288 (UN World Health Organisation). All but 3 of these countries have reported cases, and all but 10 at least 1 death. 232,782 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 over 10.6 million cases have been reported worldwide (over 1 million more than a week ago), with 516,209 deaths. Behind each of these numbers are human lives lost and changed forever.

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