Side dish: Recognizing the diverse realities in each country as well as the emerging nature of this crisis, the document will continue to be updated. Recommendations for Action is the first comprehensive plan that governments and private sector actors can take now and in the challenging months ahead. About the Global Tourism Crisis CommitteeThe UNWTO has established a Global Tourism Crisis Committee to lead the sector in response to the COVID-19 crisis and to lay the foundations for future resilience and sustainable growth. The Committee is composed of representatives of Member States and Associate Members of the UNWTO, together with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The private sector is represented by the International Airports Council (ACI), the International Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to ensure a coordinated and effective response. The new guide provides 23 applicable recommendations, divided into three key areas: Recognizing that tourism and transport have been one of the hardest hit of all sectors, the recommendations are designed to support governments, the private sector and the international community. Source and photo: UNWTO – Recommendations for Action Preparing for tomorrow: Emphasizing the unique ability of tourism to drive local and national growth, the recommendations call for greater emphasis to be placed on the sector’s contribution to sustainable development and building resilience to learning from the lessons of the current crisis. The recommendations call on governments and private sector actors to draw up preparedness plans and seize this opportunity to move to a circular economy. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has issued a series of recommendations calling for urgent and strong support so that the global tourism sector not only recovers from the unprecedented challenge of COVID 19, but also “returns better”. The recommendations are the first result of the Global Tourism Crisis Committee, established by the UNWTO with representatives from across the tourism sector and from the wider United Nations system. Providing incentives and speeding up recovery: This set of recommendations emphasizes the importance of providing financial incentives, including favorable tax policies, lifting travel restrictions as soon as the health situation allows, promoting visa facilitation, strengthening marketing and consumer confidence, in order to speed up recovery. The recommendations also call for tourism to be placed at the heart of national policies and recovery action plans. Crisis management and mitigation: Key recommendations relate to job retention, support for self-employed workers, ensuring liquidity, promoting skills development and reviewing taxes, fees and regulations related to travel and tourism. The recommendations were made because of the high probability of a global economic recession. Due to its labor-intensive nature, tourism will be severely affected and millions of jobs will be affected. “These special recommendations give countries a list of possible measures to help our sector maintain jobs and support companies. Mitigating the impact on employment and liquidity, protecting the most vulnerable and preparing for recovery must be our key priorities. “, said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, adding that the full impact of the corona crisis on global tourism is still unknown, but now it is necessary to support the tourism sector and prepare for economic recovery.