Graphic shows data for international tourism arrivals from Jan-Mar 2020 compared with 2019, and scenarios for 2020.


International tourism to fall as much as 80 percent due to virus

May 11, 2020 - International tourism plunged 22 percent in the first quarter of 2020 due to the coronavirus, and the crisis could lead to a decline of up to 78 percent over the whole year, according to the UN World Tourism Organization.

March was the worst affected month, with a 57 percent drop in tourist arrivals following the widespread introduction of travel restrictions and the closure of airports and national borders to curb the spread of the virus, the UN body said.

There were 67 million fewer international travellers between January and March, leading to a loss of around $80 billion in revenue, according to the Madrid-based organisation.

The UNWTO said that prospects for the year depend on how quickly international borders open up again. Under a best-case scenario, based on easing of travel restrictions in early July, international tourist arrivals could fall by just 58 percent. However, if borders and travel restrictions are only lifted in early December the decline could be as much as 78 percent.

PUBLISHED: 11/05/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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