EU statistics show tourism suffers
The novel coronavirus pandemic hit the tourism industry in the EU deeply by reducing the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments 44 percent in the January-April period on a yearly basis.
TOURISM SECTOR IS AMONG THE MOST AFFECTED SECTORS GLOBALLY
"During the early part of 2020, the tourism industry has suffered as a result of travel restrictions implemented in response to the outbreak," the 27-member bloc's statistical authority said on Thursday.
Eurostat noted that March and April were the worst months with declines of 62 percent and 95 percent year-on-year, respectively.
"Prior to the pandemic, there had been a small improvement in the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation, with increases of 5% and 6% in January and February, respectively," it added.