Tourism loses 80,000 jobs due to health crisis in Ecuador
14 de enero de 2021, 0:15
Quito, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) With the loss of about 80,000 jobs, the tourism sector in Ecuador was deeply affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, which still affects the life and economy of the country.
The figure was disclosed by Holbach Muñeton, president of the National Federation of Chambers of Tourism, who lamented the complex situation that the country experienced in 2020, when the disease spread throughout the world.
According to statistics, from January to December last year, some 50,000 direct jobs and 30,000 indirect employments linked to the so-called leisure industry were lost, due to the restrictions imposed by the Government to confront the health crisis, which started in March 2020.
Muñeton pointed out that the financial damage amounted to 1.9 billion dollars.
Tourism was not the only sector affected in 2020, since according to data from the Central Bank of Ecuador (BCE), other sectors such as manufacturing, commerce, professional, technical and administrative activities, construction and oil refining, also reported decreases. According to the BCE, in the second quarter of 2020 the economy contracted 12.4%, while in the third quarter, it fell 8.8 %.
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