Global tourism loss of more than 48 trillion yen in the six months to June Corona Virus impact September 16 14:19
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTO) announced that losses in global tourism amounted to more than 48 trillion yen in the six months to June due to fewer people traveling abroad due to the spread of the new coronavirus.
According to a summary released by the UNTO on January 15, the number of people who traveled abroad from January to June decreased by 440 million compared to the same period in the previous year, as the spread of the new coronavirus restricted the movement of people between countries.
Since mid-May, some areas have gradually eased travel restrictions, but there has been no increase in the number of tourists expected during the summer vacation season.
55% in the Americas
57% in Africa and the Middle East, respectively
66% in Europe
This was a 72% decrease in the Pacific Ocean in Asia.
As a result, global tourism losses from January to June amounted to 460 billion U.S. dollars and more than 48.400 billion yen in Japanese yen, about five times the losses from the 2009 economic crisis following the Lehman shock.
The UN WTO predicts that it will take two to four years for the number of tourists around the world to return to last year’s level, and calls for “an urgent need for governments to work closely with the private sector to work together to reinvigorate tourism.”