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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 22 percent fall in international tourist arrivals during the first quarter (Q1) of this year, the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows.

Consumer uncertainty is one of the greatest barriers facing the travel industry, and despite cases of COVID-19 stabilizing across South Africa, 70 percent of South African respondents in a recent survey by GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, say they are still extremely concerned about the impact of COVID-19 - in comparison to the one percent that declared they are not concerned.

The US tourism and leisure industry saw a drop of 18,9 percent in overall deal activity during February, when compared with the last 12-month average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

Total tourism and leisure industry deals for February worth USD10,41 billion were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has recently released its updated assessment of the likely impact of the COVID-19 on international tourism.

In the face of an unprecedented challenge, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), has recently called on innovators and entrepreneurs to put forward new solutions to help the tourism sector recover from COVID-19.

Up to 75 million jobs are at immediate risk in global travel and tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

On the basis of the results of the Cyprus Passenger Survey, revenue from tourism reached EUR40,2 million in January compared to EUR39,6 million in the corresponding month of 2019, recording an increase of 1,5 percent.

Year after year, destinations are receiving more and more travellers whose motivation is to visit locations where famous series or movies were filmed.

In 2019, 1,5 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded globally. A four percent increase on 2018 which is also forecast for 2020, confirming tourism as a leading and resilient economic sector, especially in view of current uncertainties.