Pandemic to cost global tourism $2 trillion in 2021: U.N.

By Valentin BONTEMPS and Mathieu GORSE

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I know it's "just" tourism, but it is an industry on which millions depend for their livelihood and it's nice to travel. I was preparing my first trip home in over 2 years and now it is in serious jeopardy. Damn.......

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Before the pandemic, the tourism sector accounted for about 10 percent of the world's gross domestic product and jobs.

And accounted for over 8% of total global man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Staycations and occasional special trips abroad need to become the norm rather than the rush for ever cheaper foreign travel.

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What is the photo of by the way?

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Vienna, Austria but cant quite figure out what it is.

Vienna Cathedral?

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Thanks again china, for infecting the world

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"It's a historical crisis in the tourism industry but again tourism has the power to recover quite fast," he added ahead of the start of the WTO's annual general assembly in Madrid on Tuesday. "I really hope that 2022 will be much better than 2021."

Depends on the country and whether the national tourism industry is the main or possibly only real industry or just one of the many local / national industries for workers to choose from.

If the only industry, it will rebound by default once things catch up. Jobless workers have no other option than sit it out.

If tourism is one of many industries, this would remain to be seen as workers in the tourism trade now know how much the industry and their jobs may be shaky: bad weather during a season, national disaster (e.g. earthquake, volcanic eruption, tsunami, etc), geopolitical situations (e.g. neighborhood / regional saber-rattling, travel restrictions to certain locations, political instability), sanitary situations (e.g. pandemic), financial instability / currency volatility, etc, etc and the tourist season can be ruined. An extended situation like the one we are experiencing and the whole year can be spoiled. These are the big figures, but what about the little people making the industry work?

Just saw a small piece on Yahoo News (ANN) this noon about how the Japanese food-service industry struggles. Customers are back, but not the staff. The hospitality sector is not going to be any different. Workers became jobless overnight and over the last 1.5 year had to find other jobs in other industries. Will they come back? Me doesn't think so...Not even mentioning how many businesses had to close for good.

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Well perhaps so, but in Japan, it is going to cost us, the TAX PAYER money.

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How about the cost of lives ?

Whats more valuable to you protecting loved ones and family members ?

Or bringing them a deadly virus for the holiday season.

If you care so much then by all means stay home and don't travel .

protect those you cherish

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Send the bill to China, they've trashed the world with this, and their catastrophically deceitful ways.

The free democratic countries of the world and their governments must find ways of making China pay for this.

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Covid could cost global tourism $1 trillion

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People not staying their butts homes, spread the virus, 60 passenger out of 600 tested positive for Covid Google KLM Covid

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Thanks to Xi.

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