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Striking photos of the tourism industry during COVID-19

  • Striking photos of the tourism industry during COVID-19

    Eerie quiet fell on busting tourist destinations starting in March. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered life around the globe, and nowhere is the change as obvious as the emptied-out beaches, museums, and historical sites where tourists throng and local economies make their money.

    Many destinations have reopened, but continuing infection transmission and fear of commingling make these once-busy venues shadows of their former selves. When travelers do return it's with masks and social distancing, sometimes separated by Plexiglass partitions. Some have adjusted, like the Elvis impersonator who will now host vow renewals from Las Vegas over Zoom. Cruise ships, on the other hand, are being broken down and sold for scrap. Stacker compiled 50 photos showing how the COVID-19 has affected the tourism trade. Read on to see the uncanny calm and surprising adjustments the tourism industry around the world has made in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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  • Venice, Italy in early March

    A gondoliere checks his phone in an unusually quiet Venice on March 5, 2020. Italy closed all schools and universities until March 15 to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 crisis. The government decision was announced moments after health officials said the death toll from the coronavirus had jumped to 107 and the number of cases had passed 3,000.

  • Empty streets in the Swiss Alps

    This photograph taken on March 18, 2020, shows a pedestrian looking at an illuminated map board in the empty streets of the Alpine resort of Zermatt, with the Matterhorn mountain visible in the distance. The Swiss government declared a state of emergency on March 16, 2020 lasting until April 19 in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic. All shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment and leisure facilities had to shut down, with the exception of grocery stores, pharmacies, and health facilities.

  • Empty beaches in Veracruz, Panama

    A restaurant remains closed at Veracruz beach on the outskirts of Panama City, on March 22, 2020. The situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is potentially devastating for Central America, the economy of which depends largely on tourism.

  • Key West faces tough times as closures affect tourism

    Roosters are seen along an empty Duval street, which would normally be teeming with tourists on the last week of spring break in Key West, Florida. Most tourists left Key West as the city closed hotels or short-term vacation rentals and asked restaurants to only serve take-out.

  • Mount Everest shutdown

    Mules carry empty gas cylinders along a path in the Mt. Everest region on March, 24, 2020. The Himalayan hill town of Khumjung is typically bustling with foreign trekkers gearing up for one of Mount Everest's biggest weeks of the year, but the COVID-19 coronavirus shut down the mountain and threatened the livelihood of the sherpas who rely on it.

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  • Vietnam imposes social distancing

    Shops and bars on Ta Hien Street, a popular nightlife area normally packed with both locals and tourists, were closed amid concerns of the spread of coronavirus in this photo taken April 1, 2020 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam started a nationwide social distancing campaign from April 1 to April 15, not allowing gatherings of more than two people, asking people not to leave their homes, ordering the shutting of non-essential businesses, except for shops selling food, medicine, and fuel.

  • Washington D.C.'s tourism industry takes huge hit

    A man visits an empty Lincoln Memorial on April 14, 2020 in Washington D.C. In April, Events DC—the official convention and sports authority for Washington D.C.—approved an $18 million relief package to help bolster the hospitality and tourism industry in the nation's capital.

  • Japan's tourism sector hit by coronavirus outbreak

    The Torii path at Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine, one of Japan's most popular tourist destinations, is pictured empty on April 22, 2020 in Kyoto, Japan. Foreign visitor numbers to Japan fell by 99.9% when the country experienced its second full week of a state of emergency, and global travel restrictions severely limited international air travel.

  • Berlin relaxes lockdown restrictions

    A visitor wearing a face mask looks at French sculptor Auguste Rodin's iconic sculpture "The Thinker" at the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) museum in Berlin on May 12, 2020, after the museum re-opened its doors to the public following a relaxation of lockdown restrictions.

  • Palace of Versailles reopens in June

    A photo taken in the Château de Versailles (Palace of Versailles) near Paris, on June 5, 2020, shows the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) on the eve of its re-opening after 82 days of closure. The Palace is one of France's biggest tourist attractions, formerly attracting nearly 10 million tourists a year.

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