The latest data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows the hard and fast numbers from what many already suspected.

International tourism is down. A lot.

Travel restrictions put in place in January and February in response to the coronavirus pandemic have hampered virtually travel, as international tourism dropped 70 percent over the first eight months of 2020 compared to last year, according to the UNWTO.

According to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international arrivals plunged 81 percent in July and 79 percent in August, traditionally the two busiest months of the year for travel and the peak of the Northern Hemisphere summer season.

“This unprecedented decline is having dramatic social and economic consequences, and puts millions of jobs and businesses at risk,” added UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. “This underlines the urgent need to safely restart tourism, in a timely and coordinated manner.”

The findings also reveal that a recovery could happen next year.

Source: Travel Pulse