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UK sees global tourism position slip following Covid-19

New data from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) shows the UK fell out of the top five biggest tourism markets in 2020. Figures suggest the hospitality sector suffering a punishing GDP fall of 63 per cent last year. The fall from fifth place in 2019 to eighth position in 2020 saw it sustain one of the biggest collapses of the ten largest tourism markets, due to continuing travel restrictions, and what the WTTC called “unnecessary and crushing quarantines”. Meanwhile, the US maintained its position as the largest global tourism market, despite suffering a 41 per cent fall in GDP last year. China also kept its position as second biggest tourism market, but experienced a harder GDP fall of 60 per cent, with Japan slightly improving its ranking - from fourth to third - shouldering a GDP fall nearly half that of China, of just 37 per cent. ADVERTISEMENT Gloria Guevara, WTTC chief executive, said: “With positive news from across Europe about the gradual reopening of borde

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