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Top 7 Tourism-Dependent Countries Rattled by the Coronavirus Pandemic 

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Top 7 Tourism-Dependent Countries Rattled by the Coronavirus Pandemic 

For countless countries worldwide, tourism rakes in millions of dollars in revenue and creates valuable jobs for locals struggling to make ends meet. An influx of travelers to a country drives infrastructure and attractions advancements while enhancing its consumer value. For example, island countries like Aruba and The Bahamas rely heavily on tourism for over 20% of their GDP. 

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has deterred their globetrotting regulars, cornering areas financially dependent on travelers into compromising financial situations. Besides widespread fears of virus contraction nagging vacation-goers to cancel their tropical cruises and resort stays, travel restrictions enforced worldwide continue to bar travel enthusiasts from leaving or entering a vacation destination. Limited flights and fear of public transportation also ward off even the most ambitious adventurers. 

Despite the overall decrease in travel, millions continue to traverse the world despite CDC’s recommendations. Opting to chance the heightened risks of transmission, many are giving in to their cravings of wanderlust. While these tourists are increasing the likelihood of exposure, they are also providing much-needed relief to countries desperate for visitors. 

By taking precautions designated by the CDC, such as frequent testing, mask-wearing, and limiting time in public spaces, travelers can stay safe and healthy. Health experts also recommend using your vehicle whenever possible, in the interest of avoiding public transportation. With these precautions in mind, vacation-goers should consider car transport services which allow you to ship your vehicle directly to your chosen destination. 

Though the aftershock of peaking active COVID-19 cases has jolted countries globally, the seven countries mentioned below have been hit the hardest by tourism’s downfall. 


The number of people visiting Thailand has steadily increased each year. In 2019 alone, over 39 million people took trips to this breathtaking Asian country. 

With Thailand gaining rapid popularity amongst tourists, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to know that over 20% of its GDP comes from tourism revenue. Unfortunately, the government’s travel restrictions are incredibly rigid and forbid virtually every foreign citizen from entering the country for travel purposes or otherwise. 


America’s neighbors to the south are said to have one of the most vulnerable economies. Relying heavily on tourism for employment and profit, Mexico’s GDP is experiencing a significant loss. While loose travel restrictions attempt to draw visitors, many locals blame the relaxed approach for the 1.2 million cases of coronavirus running rampant in their local communities. 


With the fifth-highest death toll globally, travelers typically attracted to this historical peninsula have put travel plans to a grinding halt. After undergoing a series of strict lockdowns, Italy has closed its borders to all travelers until 2021. 


Almost half of Antigua’s inhabitants are employed by tourism industry leaders, and over 50% of the country’s GDP relies on travelers. Graced with relaxing tropical oceans and endless greenery, Antigua has struggled to recover from visitors’ standstill. 


Visitors to this tropical country dropped by 70% this year compared to 2019. While the Philippines rushes to recuperate from the extreme loss of international tourists, thousands of residents experience unemployment and looming uncertainty. 


This quaint, picturesque island in the Caribbean experienced a total loss of visitors virtually overnight. With 40% of the workforce employed in the travel industry, many shop owners and tour guides have been rendered jobless in a flash. 

Comparatively, Barbados country enforces moderate travel regulations, such as seven-day quarantines and testing upon arrival. Despite the relatively lax travel restrictions, many tourists have yet to revisit Barbados.

The Maldives 

Known for its crystal blue waters and idyllic sceneries, The Maldives is well known as the world’s most tourism-dependent nation. Centered around travelers, over 75% of The Maldives’ GDP is at risk from the lack of visitors.  

Before you go 

As the global community grapples with COVID-19, some countries struggle to find their footing and gain a solid grounding. In response to the chaos of coronavirus steamrolling local economies, those countries heavily dependent on tourism must pivot their economic interests before travelers begin returning to their beloved destinations. 

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  • AJ

    They are probably OK, took the bribe $$ to close down so only the people are hurting……..Get it?

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