In the wake of the coronavirus pemic, few industries have fallen as far as fast as tourism. The technological revolution that brought us closer together by making travel tourism easy affordable—a revolution that fueled one billion trips a year—is helpless in halting a virus that dems we shelter in place.
Taking a snapshot of tourism losses is difficult, as the data changes as quickly as the virus spreads. If the pemic continues for several more months, the World Travel Tourism Council, the trade group representing major global travel companies, projects a global loss of 75 million jobs $2.1 trillion in revenue. Losses come daily; as of April 2, British Airways is reportedly poised to suspend 36,000 staffers.