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UN: About 120 million people in the world could lose their jobs in tourism

08/25/2020 - 11:22

About 120 million people in the tourism sector are at risk of being left unemployed due to the effects of the pandemic, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in his video message.

“The tourism sector employs one in ten people on earth and provides livelihoods for hundreds of millions more,” Guterres said.

The secretary general indicated that the coronavirus pandemic is devastating the tourism industry.

According to him, in the first five months of 2020, international tourist flows have decreased by more than half, and the drop in revenues from international travel services amounted to approximately $ 320 billion.

“About 120 million jobs are directly at risk in the tourism sector. Many of them are in the informal economy or micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, where women and youth make up a large proportion of workers,” Guterres said.

On Tuesday, the UN published a policy brief on Tourism and COVID-19. It says that possible scenarios for the tourism sector show that the number of international tourists could decline from 58% to 78% in 2020, leading to a reduction in visitor spending from $ 1.5 trillion in 2019 to $ 310-570 billion in 2020 year.