But as the sun begins to cool, so do hopes of a full recovery for Italy’s decimated 2020 tourism season. Winter is coming, and with it what is expected to be a full-blown economic catastrophe.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Italian health officials are trying to contain an outbreak that now amounts to 200 confirmed new coronavirus cases and five people dead. So what does that mean for North American tourists?
The World Economic Forum ranked Italy as the eighth-most attractive country for tourists in 2019. It was the fifth-most visited country in the world, right behind China in 2018, according to the World Tourism Organization.
Now the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus in northern Italy, where schools are closed, the Venice Carnival celebration was canceled and major soccer events were postponed, is the hardest-hit country first outside