The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has formed a Global Tourism Crisis Committee in response to the global outburst of COVID-19 and several countries announcing lockdown. In the coming days, UNWTO will release a set of recommendations for recovery. The document will highlight the steps governments and other authorities need to take to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector and to then accelerate recovery. The UNWTO-led Committee will hold regular virtual meetings, reflecting the need for coordinated and efficient action by the private and public sectors, governments and international financing institutions. The world tourism body further emphasise the call for international cooperation to underscore a united response based on latest public health recommendations and reflecting the deep economic ripple effect and social cost of the pandemic.