Earlier this yr, the UN’s World Tourism Group revealed estimates on how large the influence of the coronavirus pandemic on worldwide vacationer arrivals might be. Probably the most constructive of the three situations revealed in Might assumed that journey restrictions could be lifted in July. Even below this state of affairs, which has already turned out to be too optimistic with worldwide journey nonetheless severely restricted, the UNWTO anticipated worldwide vacationer arrivals to drop by 58 % this yr in comparison with 2019.
newly launched information for the primary 5 months of 2020, the UNWTO’s estimates weren’t far off. As the next chart exhibits, worldwide vacationer arrivals have been down 56 % globally for the 5 months ending Might 2020 in comparison with the identical interval of 2019. Contemplating that the majority journey restrictions solely got here into impact in mid-March, it may be anticipated that the numbers would have a look at least as dangerous, if not worse, if June and July figures have been included. With the latest uptick in new infections in the US and throughout Europe proving a significant setback in efforts to reanimate the ailing tourism sector, thousands and thousands of individuals are fearing for his or her livelihood, particularly in areas closely depending on the inflow of worldwide vacationers.