The coronavirus pandemic has halted global travel, hammering tourism around the world.
Some countries rely heavily on tourism for their economies. They will likely be the worst-affected as borders stay closed and fear traveling.
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Global travel has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, which has reached almost every country on the planet and prompted lockdowns and border closures.
As some countries get their outbreaks under control, tourism hotspots are rushing to find ways to attract tourists and reassure them that they will be safe.
But even with their best efforts, travel will be hampered by government restrictions, lingering fears from travelers themselves, and household budgets that can ill-afford lavish vacations in the inevitably recessions around the world.
These are the countries, based World Bank data for tourism as a percentage of GDP reported by Quartz, that rely the most on visitors:
The Maldives, a small island nation in the Indian Ocean, derives 38.92% of its GDP from tourism.
It plans on reopening to tourists from July, and has abandoned plans to charge tourists extra fees for visas and tests.
British Virgin Islands
The, country, which derives 32.96% of its GDP from tourism, officially closed its borders to visitors on March 19.
It plans on reopening in a phased way, starting with its own returning citizens in June, who have to quarantine for 14 days after they arrive.
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This special administrative region of China was one of the first places to record a coronavirus case, due to its proximity to the mainland.
And while it has not recorded many cases since, its tourism business, driven largely by its famous casinos, has stalled.
It derives 28.05% of its GDP from tourism, and could set up a travel bubbles with neighbouring regions like Hong Kong.
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