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Pandemic impact on travel industry

A man wearing a face mask walks on Saint Peter's Square in Rome, on April 29, 2020, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by AFP)

The tourism industry is one of the hardest-hit by the outbreak of COVID-19 as lockdowns have all but ground the sector to a halt.

The situation in Europe is not good. Across the continent, desolation illustrates the tourism crisis, from empty squares like the Brussels Grand Place to deserted monuments like Rome’s Colosseum, while idle gondolas await non-existent tourists in Venice. Arrival areas in airports stand empty and beaches, basking in the sunshine, are deserted.

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