Compared to other recent economic crises, the COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a bigger blow to personal services sectors, especially tourism, hospitality and retail, the UN trade and development agency said Tuesday.

“The situation is expected to worsen due to the drastic but necessary social distancing and lockdown measures adopted in the eurozone in the last month,” said Director of UNCTAD’s international trade division Pamela Coke-Hamilton.

“If the crisis persists, the whole tourism industry as we know it in developing countries may collapse,” she warned, while noting women represent more than half of workers in the industry worldwide with 54%

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