The World Tourism Organization (WTO) confirmed that tourist volume fell 93% compared to August 2019. Thus, the Coronavirus Pandemic cost 460 billion dollars to the global tourism economy through the first half 2020.
The closure of borders around the world and the restrictive measures that were applied to travel in response to the health crisis that overwhelmed the world, destroyed tourism. The good news? In September, international travel began to recover and 53% of international destinations are easing restrictions.
Asia and the Pacific were the regions most affected in tourism, with a drop of 72%.
Southern Mediterranean Europe registered the same percentage in decline.
China recorded a decrease of 83%.
The Americas 55%.
Africa and the Middle East: 57%.
WTO projects that the recovery to 2019 levels may take up to 4 years.
Source: El Universal, MX