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The Effect of COVID-19 on Tourism: A Comparative Statistical Study

Patricia Ghann

The Tourism industry is one of major contributors to national development. It plays a major role in nation’s economic development by bringing needed foreign exchange and creating jobs. There are many countries who have made have been put on the world made just because of tourism. The key when it comes to tourism is the ability of a nation to effectively put in place policies and structures that allow it to tap into its huge potential. Many people who have studied the field of tourism are in agreement that it has a huge role to play in ensuring sustainable and balanced national development With the Coronavirus pandemic however, the tourism industry has tremendously been affected resulting in adverse outcomes to tourists, employers, developing and developed nations around the globe. The disease is caused by a virus and affects the respiratory system. Code named SARS-CoV-2, it has brought the world to a standstill since the later part of 2019. It has had its effects on all aspects of life as we know it and many nations are still battling to keep its deadly effects under control. The advent of this disease has affected the tourism sector to a very large extent most especially due to closure of national borders and the enforcement of lockdowns. This paper took a look at the situation in Ghana’s tourism sector. The research work showed that Ghana is at a high risk of losing huge numbers of international visitors. It provides a model for putting actual numbers to the potential effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s tourism industry.