Coronavirus has hit many countries pretty hard as it sweeps the globe. Some destinations are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus’ impact on tourism. Statistics website Statista has revealed which countries are most affected.
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Currently, there are 1,956,077 cases of the virus globally at the time of writing.
Tragically there have been a total of 125,123 deaths worldwide.
Data from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has shown that popular holiday hotspots Italy and Spain are among the countries most vulnerable to the economic fallout of coronavirus.
Spain is the second-worst hit by coronavirus cases after the USA.
The Mediterranean country has 172,541 cases.
Meanwhile, Italy has the third-highest number of cases in the world.
Spain’s neighbour has 162,488 cases of the deadly virus.
Both countries rely heavily on tourism – but this is not set to return to normal for many months.
To make matters worse, Statista points out, Italy and Spain struggled economically even before the pandemic.
Both suffer from high levels of public debt and their unemployment rates are among the highest of all OECD countries (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development).
A chart made using WTTC data highlights the extent of the impact on countries across the world – and it’s topped by Spain and Italy.
It shows that travel and tourism contributed 14.3 to Spain’s GDP last year.
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The same contributed 13.0 percent to Italy’s GDP.
As Statista explains: “This includes direct contributions from hotels, travel agents, airlines, restaurants and others as well as ripple effects from the billions of dollars, or euros for that matter, that tourists bring to their shores.”
China – where the outbreak was first detected – is the third most vulnerable.
This is followed by Germany and the UK in fourth and fifth place respectively.
The USA, France and Iran come next in the chart.
Statista explains: “In the United States, for example, the total impact of travel and tourism was considerably smaller at 8.6 percent of GDP.
“Even at that lower rate, travel and tourism directly support more than 6 million jobs in the United States, with the total contribution to employment amounting to 16.8 million jobs in the U.S. according to WTTC.”
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