CORONA virus outbreak (COVID-19) will still cripple the tourism sector. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) estimates that foreign tourist arrivals (tourists) will decrease by 20%-30% in 2020.
“Tourism will be the hardest hit economic sector around the world. Worst of all, this sector employs a total of 330 million people worldwide,” the department wrote in its report titled World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid-2020.
Supported data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the decline in tourist arrivals will mainly occur in some developing countries. The problem is, the decline in visits can spread to the paralysis of economic growth.
Because the UN noted that there are several developing countries that are likely to be sustained by the tourism sector. Among other things Maldvies Islands, Bahamas, Antigua and Barbuda, Cavo Verde, and Vanuatu.
“The tourism sector contributes more than 20% to the economic growth of these countries. In fact, tourist visits account for 60% of total foreign exchange earnings,” continued UN DESA.
Next, UN DESA sees little possibility that the tourism sector will rise significantly in the near future. However, there is a glimmer of hope for this sector to recover with the record that the spread of the Corona virus (COVID19) is getting smaller, there are vaccine breakthroughs, as well as more adequate COVID-19 treatment. [kontan.co.id/photo special]