The fall was expected, it is now encrypted. Between January and may, the world tourism shows loss of 320 billion dollars, according to the barometer published Tuesday by the world tourism Organization (UNWTO). "This is more than triple the loss recorded at the level of international tourism revenues during the global economic crisis of 2009 ", said the organisation dependent of the united Nations, based in Madrid.
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From January to may, the number of international tourists has dropped by 56% compared to the same period in 2019, which represents 300 million visitors in less. Despite the slow recovery of tourism, especially in the northern hemisphere, " the consumer confidence index prepared by the UNWTO shows record lows ", one can read in the press release.
Up to 120 million jobs in danger
Among the principal risks faced by the sector, the UNWTO cites " the resurgence of the virus and the risk of new containment ", as well as the situation of China and the United States, " to the point of death ", whereas these countries are usually the major providers of tourists.
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in Early may, the UNWTO predicted a fall of 60 to 80 % of the number of international tourists for the year 2020, with losses of up to a total of between 910 and 1,200 billion dollars. The agency feared " the danger of 100 to 120 million direct jobs in tourism ".
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