Tourism minister says around 2.15 million people have lost jobs during April 2020-December 2020

Published on : Wednesday, July 28, 2021

With the tourism industry among the worst hit due to the pandemic, it is estimated that about 21.5 million people employed in tourism have lost their jobs during the nine-month period from April 2020-December 2020, as per government data.


In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Tourism Minister G. Kishan Reddy said that number of jobs were lost in the tourism sector with the implementation of lockdown measures.


“About 14.5 million jobs during Q1, 5.2 million during Q2 and 1.8 million jobs during Q3 were expected to have been lost as compared to estimated 34.8 million jobs in the pre-pandemic period of 2019-20 [direct jobs],” said the Minister.


Mr. Reddy said that this was one of the principal findings of the study conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) for the Ministry of Tourism to evaluate the degree of losses in tourism.


“Due to significant drop in tourist arrivals and hence tourism expenditure, during the pandemic, it is estimated that TDGVA plummeted by as much as 93.3% in Q1 of 2020-21 over its level in the same quarter of previous year,” the Minister said. He added that it performed better slightly before witnessing a decline of 79.5% and 64.3% in second quarter and third quarter, respectively.

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