The UN's projection of a 3% decline in international tourist arrivals is the sharpest drop since the 2009 economic crisis.
Interesting Engineering, By Brad Bergan
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The number of tourists arriving at airports from international travel is expected to drop sharply this year due to the deadly coronavirus, said the World Tourism Organization on Friday, reversing an earlier forecast for substantial growth, reports Yahoo! News.

UN projects a 3% drop due to coronavirus

The United Nations office in Madrid said in a statement that international arrivals were now projected to drop by 1.0-3.0% in 2020, instead of the increase of 3.0-4.0% previously forecast in January of this year.
The Madrid-based body said this will cause an estimated loss of $30-50 billion (29-45 billion euros) in receipts from international travel, said the Madrid-based body.
If this happens, it will be the first yearly decline in the total number of international tourists arriving at global airports since 2009 when the economic crisis took its toll on the travel and tourism sector.

Tourism in Asia and the Pacific greatest hit

"The first assessment expects that Asia and the Pacific will be the worst affected region, with an anticipated fall in arrivals of 9.0 percent to 12.0 percent," said the statement.
"Estimates for other world regions are currently premature in view of the rapidly evolving situation," the statement added.
Additionally, the UN body said flight cancellations and travel restrictions had "significantly diminished the supply of travel services while demand continues to retract."
The UN body advised governments against issuing travel restrictions to countries where outbreaks of the novel coronavirus are happening and suggested "financial and political support for recovery measures aimed at tourism."
"Small and medium-sized enterprises makeup around 80 percent of the tourism sector and are particularly exposed with millions of livelihoods across the world, including within vulnerable communities, relying on tourism," said Zurab Pololikashvili, the body's secretary-general.
This article was originally published by Interesting Engineering. 
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