Tourism and pandemic | The Express Tribune

The prolonged coronavirus pandemic has affected all spheres of life. Besides causing illness, deaths, panic and fear, it has inflicted serious economic harm on nearly all countries of the world. Among the worst affected is the tourism sector as tourism is basically a social activity. Shutdowns and curbs to prevent Covid-19 from spreading have kept people away from tourist spots. Like other parts of the world and Pakistan, the Punjab Tourism Department has seen a drastic fall in its revenue in the past one year. It has suffered a loss of Rs36 million during this period. However, this is rough estimate and the real shortfall might be bigger.

Ever since the pandemic necessitated imposition of off-and-on lockdowns and other restrictions on the movement of people, the majority of tourist sites in the province have remained mostly closed, plummeting income from entry fees and losses caused by the closure of related activities. All this has placed the provincial tourism department in a…

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