International tourism set to fall by 70 percent amid coronavirus: UN Tourism Org

A passenger wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, stands on the deck of a ferry as it approaches the Aegean Sea island of Serifos, Greece, on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (File photo: AP)

International tourism is set to fall by 70 percent this year, marking the sector’s biggest slump since records began in the 1950s, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili told newspaper Handelsblatt.

He said this prediction for the coronavirus-hit sector was based on the assumption that countries around the world would gradually open their borders from August.

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