14.5 Million Tourism Jobs Lost In Q1FY21: Govt

14.5 Million Tourism Jobs Lost In Q1FY21: Govt

Tourism economy fell by around 43 per cent and an estimated 14.5 million jobs were lost during the first quarter of 2020-21 as the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown decimated the industry which directly employed 34.8 million people in pre-pandemic period of 2019-20, according to Minister of Tourism, Kishan Reddy informed the Lok Sabha.


The situation slightly improved in the second and third quarters of 2020-21.


In a written reply to a question, the minister said, "As per the results of the study conducted by National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), due to the overall economic slowdown during 2020-21, tourism economy or tourism direct gross value added (TDGVA) saw a fall of 42.8 % in Q1; 15.5 % in Q2 and fall of 1.1 % in Q3."

"It picked up slightly to post a fall of 79.5 per cent in Q2 and that of 64.3 per cent in Q3. A significant number of jobs were lost in the tourism sector once the lockdown was implemented. 14.5 million Jobs during Q1, 5.2 million during Q2 and 1.8 million jobs during Q3 are expected to have been lost as compared to estimated 34.8 million jobs in the pre-pandemic period of 2019-20 (direct jobs)," Reddy told the House.


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