RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The shock caused by the stagnation of the travel industry, which represents ten percent of the global economy, could spread to the most remote corners of the world. Every time someone travels, a domino effect is triggered that drives dollars into airlines, hotels, restaurants, taxi drivers, artisans, tour guides, and store owners, to name but a few.
Altogether, the tourism industry employs 300 million people; in developing countries, in particular, these jobs may represent a way out of poverty and opportunities for cultural preservation. Today, one-third of all tourism-related jobs are at risk, global . . .