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Global tourism market hit hard by COVID-19 in 2020

Global tourism market hit hard by COVID-19 in 2020

China, tourism, PRC, COVID-19, Statistic
A tourist takes a selfie at Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence. Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua.
A tourist takes a selfie at Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence. Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua.

The international tourism industry was battered by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, witnessing a sharp decrease of 73% in the number of international tourists worldwide, according to the World Conference on Tourism Cooperation and Development held in Beijing, The Xinhua News Agency reported.

The pandemic had a huge impact on the development of global tourism last year, with tourism investment decreasing by 29.3% year on year, said Du Yili with the World Tourism Cities Federation, adding that the revenue of global tourism-related accommodation and catering shrank by 46.3% and 28.2%, respectively.

Hu Heping, minister of culture and tourism, said at the conference that the number of domestic tourists in China recovered in the first half of 2021, totaling 1.87 billion, more than 60% of that in the same period of 2019.

The conference also noticed that online tourism bucked the trend and enjoyed growth in 2020, suggesting that the digital transformation is a basic dynamic for the recovery and development of global tourism.

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