May 28, 2020 / 10:54 AM / a month ago

International tourism faces biggest slump since 1950s: UNWTO

FILE PHOTO: A cyclist rides past an empty tourist bus on the street of Paris, France, March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

BERLIN (Reuters) - International tourism is set to fall by 70% this year, marking the sector’s biggest slump since records began in the 1950s, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili told newspaper Handelsblatt.

He said this prediction for the coronavirus-hit sector was based on the assumption that countries around the world would gradually open their borders from August.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; editing by Thomas Seythal

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