NewsOctober 20, 2020

Maldives Participates in UNWTO 6th Global Tourism Crisis Committee Meeting

Minister of Tourism Dr. Abdulla Mausoom has participated in the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s 6th Global Tourism Crisis Committee meeting. Discussions were focused on coordinated, resilient and safer tourism and formulating and implementing a harmonized protocol for travel.

“We’re meeting at the 6th Global Tourism Crisis Committee with a clear goal: to take actions towards tourism recovery,” said Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization. “More than ever, tourism needs strong and coordinated actions to save the millions of jobs and businesses now at unprecedented risk.,”


During March, UNWTO decided to set up a Global Tourism Crisis Committee to chart out a coordinated recovery plan for the global tourism sector which is hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to set up a crisis committee was taken at a high-level virtual meeting held at the aegis of UNWTO bringing together key UN agencies, the chairs of its Executive Council and Regional Commissions, and private sector leaders.

Maldives has seen a steady improvement in its tourism industry since the reopening of its borders from 15th July. As of 6th October, 223 tourist establishments have re-opened and started their operations. This is more than 24,000 beds in various tourist facility such as resorts, hotels and vessels.