Virus cost global tourism $460 billion in January-June: U.N.

By Frederic J. BROWN

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I wonder if it was worth it.

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Two things: They say 'reduced travel demand and consumer confidence...[will] continue to hurt the sector for the rest of the year'. Duh! And they 'expect it will take two to four years for tourist arrivals to return to 2019 levels. That's a no-brainer. Toss in Boeing's continuous problems and I think a reasonable person could assume it will take a bit longer than that. I truly feel sorry for the people employed in all aspects of tourism. Many of them are the nicest people you'll ever meet. I've met many of them, in Japan. Now, they're jobless, with little hope for a return to the same work in the foreseeable future. And many of them are young.

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