COVID-19: Tourism could fall 80% | U.S. hotels scramble for loans

Global tourist numbers could drop 60%-80% in 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 22% decrease in international tourist arrivals during the first quarter of 2020, data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows. According to the WTO, the crisis could lead to an annual decline of 60% to 80% when compared with 2019 figures —numbers that potentially place millions of livelihoods at risk, the organization says. Available data points to a 22% decline in arrivals in the first three months of the year. Arrivals in March dropped sharply by 57% following the start of a lockdown in many countries,…
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