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Pandemic: global tourism down 70% between January and August

2020-10-27T12:57:09.838Z

International tourist arrivals fell by 70% globally in the first eight months of 2020 compared to the previous year, under the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Tourism Organization announced on Tuesday. Read also: Tourism: the Côte d'Azur has suffered "the most serious crisis" in its history The summer months, usually high tourist season in the northern hemisphere, were catastrophic: -



International tourist arrivals fell by 70% globally in the first eight months of 2020 compared to the previous year, under the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Tourism Organization announced on Tuesday.

Read also: Tourism: the Côte d'Azur has suffered "the most serious crisis" in its history

The summer months, usually high tourist season in the northern hemisphere, were catastrophic: -81% of tourists in July over one year, and -79% in August, specifies this United Nations agency based in Madrid.

This fall represents 700 million fewer tourist arrivals, and a loss of $ 730 billion for the global tourism sector, "

more than eight times the loss recorded after the global financial crisis of 2009,

" said the UNWTO in his press release.

The most affected Asia-Pacific region

Asia-Pacific, hit first by the pandemic, is the hardest hit (-79%), followed by Africa and the Middle East (-69%), Europe (-68%) and American continent (-65%).

The fall in summer arrivals in Europe was slightly smaller than elsewhere (-72% in July and -69% in August), but “

this recovery was short-lived as new travel restrictions were reintroduced against the backdrop of rebound in contagions,

”underlines the UNWTO.

For the whole of 2020, the UNWTO expects a decline of 70% over one year in passenger arrivals, and does not expect a rebound before the end of 2021. About 20% of experts questioned by the agency envisage a rebound "

only in 2022

”.

For the UNWTO, this plunge in tourism is to be blamed on the slowness in containing the virus, the lack of a coordinated response from the various countries for the development of common protocols as well as the deterioration of the economic context.

In 2019, global tourism had experienced a 4% growth in arrivals.

France had been the number one destination ahead of Spain and the United States.

Source: lefigaro

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