Coronavirus pandemic causes 65% drop in international travel

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New report says coronavirus pandemic resulted in a 65% decrease in international travel in the first six months of 2020.

The world Tourism Organization, a United Nations agency, released the report on Tuesday. He noted that the decline in international travel resulted in a loss of $ 460 billion in exports. income tourism.

The loss is five times greater than the loss recorded in 2009 during the international financial crisis.

The organization said in a statement that the United Nations agency estimates that it will take between two and four years for tourist arrivals to return to 2019 levels.

The report shows that Asia and the Pacific were the first regions to be affected by COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. They faced the biggest drop, with the number of tourists dropping 72% in the first half of the year.

Europe experienced the second largest drop, at 66%.

North and South America, Africa and the Middle East saw similar levels of decline.

“This represents a unprecedented decrease, as countries… closed their borders and introduced travel restrictions in response to the pandemic, ”the UN agency said.

Countries around the world have seen more than 50% drops in international tourist arrivals, threatening millions of jobs and businesses.

The report shows that at the beginning of September, 53% of international tourism destinations lifted some travel restrictions.

However, as some countries are starting to report a ‘second vagueFrom the coronavirus, these restrictions can come back.

The World Tourism Organization estimates that the year 2020 will show an overall decline of around 70%, but that number could increase.

I am Susan Shand.

The Associated Press reported this story. Susan Shand adapted it to learn English. George Grow was the editor.

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Words in this story

pandemic – n. a contagious disease that affects many countries

returned – n. business income

tourism – n. the business of people who travel for pleasure

unprecedented – adj. never happened before

destination – n. the place where a person or thing goes

vague – n. an occurrence or increase of certain actions

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