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The devastating effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the tourism industry is most clearly illustrated by the number of travelers in 2019 compared to 2020. After welcoming 90 million visitors in 2019, France’s intake dropped by more than half in the following year. Despite this sharp decline in visitors, France still maintained the highest number of international tourist arrivals in the world. Spain, which was the second most visited country for tourist arrivals in 2019, lost around three quarters of their usual tourist arrivals and dropped down to 5th place and was replaced by Italy for 2nd place.
This infographic compares the leading countries by tourist arrivals in 2019 and 2020
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