International tourist arrivals falls by 300 million and $320 billion revenue due to global pandemic

30th Jul, 2020 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 30: The  World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Madrid said in a statement on Tuesday that the loss faced by the tourism industry from January to May 2020 was three times higher than during the global financial crisis in 2009.

The UNWTO estimates that international tourist arrivals fell by 300 million and US$320 billion in the global tourism revenue or 56 percent during the pandemic due to the preventive measures taken to control the infection. "The latest figures highlight the importance of resuming tourism as soon as possible. The huge decline in international tourism has put the livelihoods of millions at risk, ”said Zurab Pololikashvil,Secretary-General of UNWTO. Amidst the pandemic, tourism activities have gradually started operating in some destinations.

The United Nations says that the tourism sector is facing serious and negative risk. They emphasized the need to be more vigilant in addressing the issue, saying that the resurgence of the virus could lead to new lockdown, travel bans and border closures at "most destinations" and further affect the tourism sector. They expressed concern over the lack of improvement in tourism activities in some destinations, including the United States and China, which are major sources of international tourism.

The United Nations forecast in May that corona viruses could reduce international tourism activity by 60 to 80 percent by 2020. According to the United Nations, international tourism arrivals increased by four percent to 150 billion in 2019. The most visited countries in the world are France, Spain and the United States, respectively. The global economic crisis of 2009 also led to a decline in the international tourism sector.