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Chapter 1 An unfolding crisis

DOI: 10.23912/9781911635703-4427

ISBN: 9781911635703

Published: August 2020

Component type: chapter

Published in: COVID-19 and Travel

Parent DOI: 10.23912/9781911635703-4387


The travel industry worldwide has been dealt a vicious blow. It is forecast that the number of international tourist arrivals will fall by 60-80%% in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus, putting millions of jobs at risk (Alpert & Beilfuss, 2020; UNTWO, 2020). The drop in arrivals will lead to an estimated loss of $300-450 billion in international tourism receipts (The Economic Times, 2020). The industry will recover, but travel will never be the same again, and the year 2020 will be a defining moment in the history of the tourism sector. But how did this crisis unfold and start to impact travel? This chapter will track the period between the first signs of the virus at the end of 2019 to the beginning of April 2020, showing how as the virus spread, so too did its impact on the travel and tourism around the world.

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Hudson, D.S. (2020) "Chapter 1 An unfolding crisis" In: Hudson, D.S. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/9781911635703-4427


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