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UNWTO: The Losses Of The Tourism Industry In January-May Tripled The Damage Of The Crisis In 2009

UNWTO: The Losses Of The Tourism Industry In January-May Tripled The Damage Of The Crisis In 2009

The number of international tourist trips from January to may 2020 decreased by 300 million, or 56% compared to the same period last year, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) said on Tuesday.

According to its data, this has already led to a drop in tourism revenue of $320 billion, which is three times higher than during the global economic crisis in 2009. However, in May, the number of trips decreased by 98% compared to the same month in 2019.

"The latest data shows how important it is to resume tourism as soon as possible, as soon as it becomes safe. The dramatic decline in international tourism puts many households on the brink of survival, especially in developing countries. Governments in every region of the world have a double responsibility: they must preserve the health of their citizens and at the same time protect business and jobs," said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.

At the same time, UWNTO notes some recovery in the industry, especially in the Northern hemisphere, associated with the opening of the EU borders on July 1. "But while tourism has started to slowly recover in some countries, the industry's confidence index has fallen to record lows. Most international experts do not expect tourism to recover until the second half of 2021, " the organization reports.

In her opinion, the restoration is hindered by the still closed borders in many countries, as well as the fact that the main "markets-suppliers of tourists" - the United States and China have been put on pause. Fears of a second wave of coronavirus, as well as new restrictions and blockages associated with it, do not add to the confidence of consumers of the industry's services.