This summer has been very different for all the citizens of the world. The large number of COVID-19 cases in 2020 has been very high, which has meant a great loss in the economy of many countries.
This great loss is linked to the little international tourism there has been, especially in the months of July and August. Many people have been affected by cancellations of flights, hotels, border closures, etc. In Spain, for example, until August 1st, there has been a loss of 27 million tourists from other countries, according to the INE (National Institute of Statistics).
It has been something very negative, on the one hand, but positive on the other, since due to this national tourism has been promoted on a large scale in each country. By not being able to leave the countries of origin due to the closure of borders, citizens have been “forced” to stay in their country, which has been a great advantage and helped the tourist sectors.
In the case of Spain, rural tourism has benefited in the worst summer in history since, in the north and in the interior of the country, occupancy rates have doubled compared to last year during these summer months. Accommodation in rural houses has also been high.
Despite these data and the fact that some tourism sectors have not been able to survive this situation, we remain optimistic that little by little, tourism in each country will improve, first at the national level and then internationally.