Covid-19 impacts tourism sector worldwide

THE cancellation of hotel bookings and restricted travels due to Covid-19 have raised fears that the country’s tourism sector may lose millions in revenue at a time the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) is also projecting 50 million job cuts in the tourism sector globally.
The global travel and tourism sector is set to lose an estimated US$50 billion due to the Covid-19 outbreak, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
While in 2019 international tourist arrivals worldwide grew four percent to reach 1.5 billion, it is now projected that international arrivals will drop by 9.1 percent this year.
Tourism Business Council of Zimbabwe (TBCZ) representative, Barbara Murasiranwa confirmed that there has been some cancellation of bookings but however stressed that it is encouraging that the destination has no confirmed case of the disease.
“Yes cancellations are being done but this is not peculiar to this destination. We are still blessed because we do not have a confirmed case of coronavirus,” said Murasiranwa.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Acting Chief Executive Officer, Givemore Chidzidzi said it is worrying that globally the travel and tourism sector has suffered due to Covid-19.
“Globally tourism is one of the immediately affected segments of the economy. With tourism, you are dealing with the movement of the people and they are worried about their health and security,” said Chidzidzi.
Government has stepped up efforts to ensure that the Victoria Falls destination remains safe by taking measures to prevent the spread of the disease in the country.
Tourist arrivals into the country dropped by 11 percent by the end of 2019 to 2,29 million compared to 2, 57 million in 2018.
The country is however optimistic of realising a target of US$7 billion tourism earnings by 2030.