Coronavirus storyline #11: tourism, entertainment, sports

March 17

The effect on the tourism industry seems to be cataclysmic.

FT: Mariott puts tens of thousands of employees on unpaid leave.

WSJ: “The U.S. Travel Association projected Tuesday that total spending on travel in the U.S., including transportation, lodging, retail, attractions and restaurants, would plunge by $355 billion for the year—and that 4.6 million American jobs would be lost.”

“Hotel owners in most every major urban market in the U.S. are now experiencing occupancy levels around 20% or less, a rate that will make it challenging to meet payroll, let alone pay other expenses and meet debt obligations, owners said.”

“American Airlines Group Inc., the world’s biggest carrier, will fly to only two long-haul destinations—Tokyo and London. Executives at British Airways, Korean Air and other large airlines have said they are in a battle for survival. Many smaller carriers, which form the bedrock of the 13,000 new jets ordered from Airbus SE and Boeing Co., have less access to new capital, and aren’t expected to survive.”

Jacob Robbins

Author: Jacob Robbins

Jacob Robbins is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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