New information from the World Journey & Tourism Council (WTTC) reveals the UK fell out of the highest 5 largest tourism markets in 2020.
Figures recommend the hospitality sector struggling a punishing GDP fall of 63 per cent final 12 months.
The autumn from fifth place in 2019 to eighth place in 2020 noticed it maintain one of many largest collapses of the ten largest tourism markets, because of persevering with journey restrictions, and what the WTTC referred to as “pointless and crushing quarantines”.
In the meantime, the US maintained its place as the biggest international tourism market, regardless of struggling a 41 per cent fall in GDP final 12 months.
China additionally stored its place as second largest tourism market, however skilled a tougher GDP fall of 60 per cent, with Japan barely bettering its rating – from fourth to 3rd – shouldering a GDP fall almost half that of China, of simply 37 per cent.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC chief govt, mentioned: “With constructive information from throughout Europe in regards to the gradual reopening of borders we hope to see many extra nations undertake a extra risk-based strategy.
“This can restore mobility safely by means of speedy testing and well being and hygiene protocols to help the vaccination rollout.”
She added: “Nevertheless, the UK was one of the vital closely impacted of the key tourism markets, falling out of the highest 5 to eighth place because of the damaging and ineffective quarantines and unhelpful persevering with journey restrictions.
“Regardless of the restrictions designed to curb the unfold of the pandemic, the US and China maintained their respective positions as first and second largest tourism markets.”