2022 will be the year of post-pandemic normalization for the tourism sector

Recalling that the tourism industry lost $4.5 trillion globally in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, the Dean Professor of the Faculty of Tourism at Kyrenia University. Dr. Mehmet Altınay said that 2022 will be the year of normalization for the sector.

The sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 epidemic, which emerged in the last weeks of 2019 and turned into a pandemic that affected the whole world in a short time, were tourism and l ‘aviation. The closure of countries to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has caused these two sectors, which have grown by feeding each other, to spend the last two years in sharp contraction.

Dean of the Faculty of Tourism at Kyrenia University Prof. Dr. Mehmet Altınay, assessing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector, said that 2022 will be the year of normalization for the sector.

Epidemics affect tourism the most.

Recalling that various epidemic diseases such as smallpox, cholera, sars and mers throughout history have spread to various parts of the world through travels, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Altınay said, “The epidemic of SARS, which emerged just before the COVID-19 process, caused deaths in Asia, especially in the Far East countries, and reduced tourism activities by 20%.Therefore, it is estimated that approximately 17,000 people are unemployed in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Singapore. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected tourism not only in a particular region, but also around the world,” he said. Mentioning that border closures have crippled international tourism for the past two years, Mehmet Altınay said, “Countries have imposed travel, accommodation and entertainment bans and restrictions to minimize activities When curfews ow are added, international tourism as well as domestic tourism were negatively affected at the same rate. ” said.

Tourism sector’s two-year loss hits $4.5 trillion

According to data from the International Civil Aviation Organization, the number of passengers carried worldwide in 2020 decreased by 60% compared to the previous year. In 2021, this decline continued and 75% fewer passengers were carried compared to 2019. Figures show that the number of people traveling around the world has fallen to 2003 levels.

Another report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (UNWTO) estimates that the total loss of the tourism sector in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 is 4 .5 trillion dollars. In Turkey, on the other hand, COVID-19, together with the effects in the sub-sectors, is estimated to have caused a decline of around $100 billion in gross national product. Data from the TRNC Statistical Institute reveals that the tourism sector in the TRNC decreased by 35% in 2020.

The number of passengers is on the rise

Stating that there had been a milder course in terms of the epidemic in 2022 compared to the first two years of the pandemic, Altınay pointed out that the number of passengers, which emerged in the first quarter of the year, entered again in an upward trend. Recalling that the number of foreign passengers arriving in TRNC in January increased by 926.6% compared to January 2021 and reached 54,358, Altınay said: “Although it is not proportionally as high as in TRNC, the number of international passengers has increased considerably. The continuation of the upward trend shows that the tourism and aviation sectors will heal their wounds and normalize in 2022.

TRNC’s strengths in tourism should be better promoted internationally

Altınay said: “With the measures taken, the COVID-19 process has been overcome with the least damage to public health and order in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, but the country’s tourism has suffered significant harm. of this process,” Altınay said. .]determined that it was insufficient. Altınay said: “The fact that Cyprus offers the natural beauties of attractive factors such as sand and sun in the Mediterranean, has been home to various civilizations since ancient times, has a great historical and cultural heritage, and the island offers education to young people and their families from various countries for years through our universities. It is our strength that both the private and public sectors provide world-class services in the field of health.

Kyrenia University trains skilled people needed by industry

Stating that Kyrenia University, located in Girne, one of the most important tourist destinations in the TRNC, provides education in accordance with international standards in order to increase the number of departments and professional schools affiliated to the faculty of tourism and a skilled workforce that will provide services to the sector, Altınay said, “As Kyrenia University, we provide education not only in TRNC but also in TRNC. With our international students, we We are training professionals who will guide the tourism sector in many parts of the world.” -ISTANBUL

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