UPDATED: International tourism to plunge up to 80% due to virus: UN

UPDATED: International tourism to plunge up to 80% due to virus: UN
UPDATED: International tourism to plunge up to 80% due to virus: UN

The number of international tourist arrivals could plunge by 60 to 80 percent in 2020 owing to the coronavirus, the World Tourism Organization said Thursday, revising its previous forecast sharply lower.Widespread travel restrictions and the closure of airports and national borders to curb the spread of the virus had plunged international tourism into its worst crisis since records began in 1950, the UN body said in a statement.Tourist arrivals fell by 22 percent in the first three months of the year, and by 57 percent in March alone, with Asia and Europe suffering the biggest declines, accord…

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