International tourism drops 65 percent in the first half of 2020
Madrid, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) International tourism dropped 65 percent in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, and the return to those levels may take two to four years, indicated a report published here on Tuesday.
This is an unprecedented setback due to the closure of borders and travel restrictions implemented in the world to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, assured the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
According to the governing body of that sector, the collapse of the demand for international travel from January to June 2020 caused the loss of 440 million international arrivals and around 460 billion dollars in export earnings from tourism.
That level of decline in incomes is five times that of the 2009 global financial and economic crisis.
According to the UNWTO, the Asia-Pacific region was the most affected by the current situation with a 72 percent downturn in tourists received in the first half of 2020.
It was followed by Europe with a decrease of 66 percent, Africa and the Middle East (57) and the Americas (55).
For UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili, those data show the deep Covid-19 impact on tourism, 'a sector on which millions of people depend for a living.'
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