Latin American tourism faces challenge in COVID 19 times

The Covid-19 health crisis is having a particularly strong impact on tourism in Latin America today, according to the latest global reports.

Some Internet media and analytical institutions consider that in addition to the bloody impact of various financial problems, the pandemic now affects Latin American countries by tourism cutbacks.

Precisely, the United Nations (UN) unfolds that situation in its reports in order to warn of it.

Tourism in Latin American countries, badly affected in 2020, will continue with losses in 2021, foresees a UN report where it is experts fear that only nations with high vaccination levels will be able to attract travelers and achieve a moderate recovery.

The message from the United Nations Agency for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) sounded the alarm on the issue a few days ago. The study was carried out in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

However, this call had already been taken into account by the main organizations that deal with the leisure industry in the area.

The document refers that the downturn in tourism could mean falls of up to nine percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Ecuador, 2.4 percent in Argentina or 2.3 percent in Colombia, to provide just those examples.

Slightly less, due to the sector’s lesser weight in the national economy, could be the drop in GDP for Mexico (1.3 to 1.6 percent) or Brazil (0.6), while Central America could lose 11.9 percent of its GDP in the most pessimistic scenario, and the Caribbean 2.5 percent.

UN agencies insist on vaccination campaigns as the main factor for the possible recovery of a country’s tourism.