World tourism suffered heavy losses. When the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed global travel, the flow of tourists was almost halved in the first four months of 2020, according to the UN World Tourism Organization ( UNWTO ), as reported by Landdisposition.com.
Instead of being a rapidly developing tourism season, April, which entered the summer, turned into a disaster, with international arrivals down 97 percent, according to UNWTO estimates. Global tourist arrivals fell 40 percent more than in March.
“Between January and April 2020, international tourist arrivals dropped 44 percent, which means a loss of around the US $ 195 billion in international tourism revenues,” the agency said.
Evaluating the possibility of an economic collapse from the pandemic, UNWTO had previously said that travel restrictions could erase between the US $ 910 billion to the US $ 1.2 trillion in revenue for the tourism sector and placing up to 120 million risky jobs.
When the UNWTO developed three possible scenarios, international tourism is expected to fall 58 percent year-on-year, even according to the best of them.
“The sudden and massive drop in tourists threatens jobs and the economy. Therefore, it is very important to restart tourism as a priority and be managed responsibly, “said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.
In another report released on Tuesday last week, the UN agency noted that while the crisis was far from over. The problematic tourism sector is slowly starting to return, as countries lift or at least reduce restrictions.
According to the data, the number of destinations worldwide is more or less available for travel reaching 22 percent in mid-June, from only three percent a month earlier.