The number of foreign tourists received by EU dropped by almost 70 percent due to COVID

Published on : Wednesday, February 17, 2021

In 2020, the number of foreign tourists received by the EU dropped by almost 70 percent due to COVID, a recent report has been published by the European Tourism Commission shows.


The aforementioned statistics is the worst in decades. According to the report, the figure will only “slowly pick up” in 2021 and tourism is not hoped to get well to levels of pre-COVID period until 2023 or 2024.


The slump in tourists in some popular destinations was even greater. In Montenegro and Cyprus, the number of international tourists decreased by 85 and 84 percent respectively, as the drop in Spain was 77 percent.


However, in the history of the aviation industry, few industry insiders consider that 2020 and 2021 will be the worst two years.


The International Aviation Association has explained that in 2020, the global civil aviation industry will have a net loss of $118.5 billion, which is higher than the forecast of $84.3 billion made in June 2020. It is also expected to see a net loss of $38.7 billion in 2021.

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