Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced that 2020 is the worst year in the history of global tourism.
The global tourism industry lost $1.3 trillion in 2020 due to travel restrictions enforced as part of measures against the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the UNWTO, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, announced.
It identified by the UNTWO, 2020 as the worst year on record in global tourism history, noting that international flights were reduced by 74% due to the pandemic, while 120 million jobs worldwide in the sector risked extinction.
World Tourism Organization director Zurab Pololikashvili said in a statement that they estimate it will take 2 to 4 years for international tourism to return to its level in 2019.
According to a UNWTO report, the pandemic's damage to the tourism industry in 2020 is more than 11 times the impact during the 2009 economic crisis.