UNWTO has been working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak, to ensure the effect on the hospitality industry is minimised, but it has now revised its 2020 prospects for international tourist arrivals to a negative growth of 1-3%, or a loss of US$ 30 to 50 billion in international tourism receipts.

Before the outbreak, it predicted a positive growth of 3-4%.

UNWTO is calling for financial and political support for tourism recovery across the whole tourism value chain, but especially small and medium-sized enterprises which make up around 80% of the tourism sector. It predicts that Asia-Pacific will be the worst affected region, but all estimates are likely to be constantly updated.

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