- International tourism is taking a hit as the coronavirus outbreak — and fear about it — spreads across the world.
- National governments are warning would-be travelers to stay away from outbreak hotspots, and in some cases, enacting travel bans to forbid them from going.
- Photos of tourist destinations around the world — emptied-out festivals, vacant churches and temples, and quarantined luxury hotels — show the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
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International tourism is slumping as the coronavirus outbreak spreads internationally.
In China, Italy, and South Korea, governments are quarantining towns and cities and shutting down transportation. The US has issued travel warnings for anyone considering visiting Italy, China, Iran, Japan, and South Korea.
This has all put travelers on high alert, and many are electing to stay home.
The virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has killed more than 2,770 people and infected more than 81,000 in the last two months. It has spread to 40 countries other than China. (For the latest case total, death toll, and travel information, see Business Insider’s live updates here.)
The outbreak is eating away at the revenue of tourist destinations around the world. The international tourism industry was valued at $1.7 trillion in 2019 by the United Nations, but the coronavirus is expected to cost the US travel industry alone more than $10 billion over the next four years.
These images of popular tourist hotspots show what the slowdown looks like on the ground.