International tourist arrivals plunged 93 per cent in June when compared to 2019, with the latest data from the World Tourism Organisation showing the severe impact Covid 19 has had on the sector.
According to the new issue of the World Tourism Barometer from the United Nations agency, international tourist arrivals dropped by 65 per cent during the first half of the year.
This represents an unprecedented decrease, as countries around the world closed their borders and introduced travel restrictions in response to the pandemic.
Over recent weeks, a growing number of destinations have started to open up again to international tourists.
UNWTO data shows that, as of early September, 53 per cent of destinations had eased travel restrictions.
Nevertheless, many governments remain cautious, and this latest report shows that the lockdowns introduced during the first half of the year have had a massive impact on international tourism.
The sharp and sudden fall in arrivals has placed millions of jobs and businesses at risk.
According to UNWTO, the massive drop in international travel demand over the period January-June 2020 translates into a loss of 440 million international arrivals and about US$460 billion in export revenues…