RESEARCH REPORTS FOR COVID-19 AND TOURISM
- There has been an extraordinary growth of tourism recorded in 2020 in the world 1.5 billion), Africa (71.2 million) and Kenya (2.05 million).
- The COVID-19 emerges as one of the greatest challenges facing the world today and threatening the achievements made in the travel and tourism industry.
- The first case of COVID-19 was reported on 12th December, 2019 in Wuhan City of China. Since then, there were over 5.9 million known cases of COVID-19. Over 360,000 deaths and over 3 million recoveries had been recorded as at 31st May,
2020. Over 3 million cases were active.
- Tourism is currently one of the most affected sectors worldwide. The UNWTO has emphasized the need to ‘putting people and their wellbeing first’ through the slogan; ‘By staying home today, we can travel tomorrow’. The WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic on 11th March 2020. Since then, the COVID-19 virus has spread to over 200 countries globally.
- The airline sector of the tourism industry is adversely affected.
- There is a ban on international travel worldwide, including Kenya.
- The COVID-19 outbreak could cause 50 million job loses; which may translate to a global loss in tourism revenue of about USD30 to USD50 billion in 2020.
- Airline loses are estimated to be more than US$113 billion in revenue in 2020 in
- Exhibitions have lost over USD145 billion from cancelled contracts worldwide.
- Airlines in Africa had incurred a combined $4.4 billion in losses by 11th March
- Associated revenue losses could reach $125 million while 36,800 jobs would also
be at risk in African in 2020.
- MICE sector could lose roughly KSh163.56 billion in Kenya.
- WTTC has called on governments to remove or simplify visas wherever possible……..read more