New information from the World Journey & Tourism Council (WTTC) exhibits the UK fell out of the highest 5 largest tourism markets in 2020.
Figures counsel 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, resulting from persevering with journey restrictions, and what the WTTC known as “pointless and crushing quarantines”.
In the meantime, the US maintained its place as the biggest world tourism market, regardless of struggling a 41 per cent fall in GDP final 12 months.
China additionally saved its place as second largest tourism market, however skilled a more durable 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 government, mentioned: “With optimistic information from throughout Europe concerning the gradual reopening of borders we hope to see many extra international locations undertake a extra risk-based method.
“It will restore mobility safely by way of fast testing and well being and hygiene protocols to help the vaccination rollout.”
She added: “Nonetheless, the UK was one of the vital closely impacted of the main 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.”