The biggest buzzword in travel over the past few years has been overtourism — are popular cities and attractions becoming too overburdened with tourists?
But now the pendulum is swinging in the other direction as a result of the novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, and has since trickled around the world, from Japan and Italy to the United States.
According to some industry experts, coronavirus may prove to be the worst hit to the global travel industry since 9/11.
Many countries have restricted travelers from China, which is the world’s largest travel market, thus guaranteeing a decline in visitors.
And that’s not all.
Airlines have asked staffers to take unpaid leave as many routes are canceled indefinitely, and hotels and attractions have reported plummeting bookings.
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