Tourism hit from coronavirus will carry into 2021, travel experts say

NEW YORK – Even as infections of the novel coronavirus seemed to be slowing at one point last week, the effects of the epidemic on the global tourism industry were accelerating rapidly. The impact of the pneumonia-like disease caused by the COVID-19 virus is already being felt across Asia, where leisure and business travel contributed $884 billion to gross domestic product in 2017, the most recent year for data compiled by the World Travel and Tourism Council. (Estimates for 2018 are about $1 trillion.) For China alone, inbound tourism brought in…

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Indian retail may grow to Rs 85 lakh crore by 2021: Report

Indian retail industry, growing at 10 per cent, may almost double to Rs 85 trillion (lakh crore) by 2021 steered by consumer data and technology disruptions, says a joint report by Ficci and Deloitte. According to the report, consumer data and technology disruptions will drive retail and FMCG sectors towards a new phase of growth where consumer experience will be the focal concern for all retailers and brands. “Consumer retail forms an integral part of the industry with current estimated size of more than Rs 45 trillion. It is further…

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