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COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the tourism sector


  • Cristiana PĂVĂLUC (MELINTE)

    (PhD student at Al. I. Cuza University of Iaşi)

  • Geanina BRÎNZĂ

    (PhD student at Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava.)

  • Alexandru ANICHITI

    (PhD student at Ștefan cel Mare University of Suceava.)

  • Gina Ionela BUTNARU

    (professor at Al. I. Cuza University of Iași)


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused blockages in all economic sectors, but tourism is the most affected one. The rapid evolution of the crisis and the unknown characteristics of the pandemic makes it extremely difficult to estimate the real impact of COVID-19 on international tourism. Quarantine measures, flight cancellations, bans and border closures are expected to reduce international tourist arrivals by 20% to 30% by 2020 (UNTWO, 2020). This article presents the effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector. The research methodology consists of statistical indicators regarding the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the tourism sector and an analysis of the results. The results underline that, in all countries, the coronavirus pandemic has affected the tourism sector, but the intensity to which has done it is different.

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  • Cristiana PĂVĂLUC (MELINTE) & Geanina BRÎNZĂ & Alexandru ANICHITI & Gina Ionela BUTNARU, 2020. "COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the tourism sector," CES Working Papers, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 12(2), pages 111-122, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:jes:wpaper:y:2020:v:12:i:2:p:111-122

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