International tourism in times of crisis

Tourism has become one of the most dynamic sectors of activity. It is a real vector of job creation and local development. But the Covid-19 pandemic has radically changed the situation. In order to reduce the risk of coronas virus contamination, many tourist destinations have been closed. With serious consequences for businesses and tourism workers.

Discover in this article the impact of the health crisis on international tourism.

Disadvantages of Covid-19 on international tourism

The Covid-19 crisis has caused many losses for international tourism. These effects are devastating. Tourism has been really affected by the measures taken to reduce the contamination of Covid-19. And a return to normal in this sector will not be in the short term.

According to ILO estimates, the pandemic could cause 305 million job losses, many of them in the tourism sector. This crisis could lead to a drop of between

45 and 70 percent of receipts from international tourism.

In addition, hotels, restaurants, airlines, tour operators, cruise ships suspended their activities for an unknown period. All tourism sectors including civil aviation, crafts, agriculture, food and drink offerings have been truly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 10 million jobs have been suspended in civil aviation, following the cancellation of flights and the closure of airports.

In addition, according to the UNWTO, the confinement imposed by COVID-19 caused the number of international tourists to fall by 98% in May 2020. There is also a decrease of 56% from one year to the next, tourist arrivals during January to May. This leads to a fall of 300 million tourists and 320 billion dollars in losses in terms of international tourism revenue. Heavy losses that far exceed those caused by the economic crisis of 2009.
International tourism has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. It will take time for tourism to regain its normal place.