The virtual meeting aimed to address the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic and promote a healthy recovery for the global travel and tourism sector.
Ministers outlined actions to help realize tourism’s potential to drive a faster economic recovery after the covid-19 crisis, maximize the sector's contribution to inclusive and sustainable development, and further develop the sector as a crucial and resilient industry.
"We highlight the crucial role of tourism as a means of sustainable socioeconomic development," the ministers said in a communique following their virtual meeting.
According to the ministers, the travel and tourism sector contributed to 10.3 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 330 million jobs in 2019.
In addition, it accounted for 28 percent of the world’s service exports last year.
"We stress that the travel and tourism sector is one of the most heavily impacted sectors by the covid-19 pandemic, with an anticipated 60-80 percent decline in international tourism in 2020," the ministers stated.
"We recognize that covid-19 may result in a paradigm shift for the travel and tourism sector," they added.