While the outbreak of the pandemic Covid-19 startled all the industries across the globe, the tourism sector world-wide experience the most adverse impact till date due to the increasing restrictions on travel, cancellations of major events and also aversion of risk for travelling domestically as well as internationally.  A large number of jobs ranging to millions across the worldwide tourism industry has the probable chances of getting lost due to the coronavirus outbreak. Covid-19 has affected travel like no other occasion in history and caused 96 percent of the overall global destinations to impose limitations in response to the pandemic outbreak, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has said.
Over the past years, UNWTO has been monitoring the travel facilitation on a regular basis and also, they observed a continuous trend towards a greater openness. However, the UNWTO said in a report that this has been interrupted dramatically by the Covid-19 outbreak. UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said that "With tourism suspended, the benefits the sector brings are under threat: millions of jobs could be lost, and progress made in the fields of equality and sustainable economic growth could be rolled back.”
As per the research carried out by the UNWTO, as of April 6th 2020, approximately 96% of the overall global destinations have imposed travel ban due to the pandemic crisis. The destination that has fully or partially closed the borders to the tourists ranges to 90 and another 44 destination are closed to specific tourists depending upon their country of origin. The UNWTO has asked the government to constantly review the limitations on travel and also ease them or lift them up soon since it was safe to do so.
The Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) said that, in the regions of eastern India, the tourism industry has taken a massive beating due to the coronavirus outbreak with lakhs of people who are dependent on this sector suffering from immense job cuts as well as losses. TAFI has been asking the government for providing some relief to this sector so as to benefit a hundreds and thousands of people who are associated with it.