The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will be harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to help unemployed tourism workers get jobs. 

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The UNWTO is set to work with California-based Eightfold.ai to help connect tourism job seekers with employers as well as to drive the global recovery of the sector. 

“This partnership will be a great help to the many millions of people who are dependent on tourism for their livelihoods, while also connecting employers with the very best talent our sector has to offer,” UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said in statement.

Under this partnership, the UNWTO will make use of Eightfold Talent Exchange, a marketplace linking workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with available jobs. Using advanced deep-learning AI, the exchange matches people to the right jobs in companies that are hiring, linking those urgently looking for work with companies in dire need of workers. 

All 159 UNWTO member states, as well as its more than 500 affiliate members, will benefit from direct access to the platform. 

They will also be able to offer talent exchange to workers who have lost their tourism-related jobs amid the ongoing global health crisis. 

According to UNWTO, the pandemic has now put 120 million tourism jobs at risk. 

In the case of the Philippines, 4.8 million out of the 5.7 million tourism workers employed in 2019 have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. 

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