- ECONOMIC IMPACT -
Latest update: 15 December
According to UNCTAD, the value of global trade in goods reached an all-time quarterly high of $5.6tn in Q3 2021
The virus has now spread to 198 countries with more than 240 million confirmed cases
Fitch Ratings forecasts the world GDP to grow by 5.7% in 2021, the fastest since 1973
OECD forecasts the global economic growth rate at 5.6% in 2021, a downward revision of 0.1% from earlier projections
Impact of Covid-19 on EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK
- SECTOR IMPACT: TRAVEL AND TOURISM -
Latest update: 7 January
Impact on airlines
Airline traffic continues to be volatile, and any surge in a country’s cases is negatively impacting carriers, with traveller uncertainty continuing to remain moderately high.
International travel demand could now face a period of decline due to the Omicron variant. Ed Bastian, Delta chief executive, recently stated that Omicron had hit bookings for January 2022, mainly for international travel.
IMPACT ON INTERMEDIARIES
Intermediaries have been under significant pressure during the pandemic. Many online travel agencies have been on the end of legal cases involving untimely repayments.
In some cases, relationships with suppliers such as low-cost carriers have broken down where conditions around flexibility and refunds have not been clear.
Google is also being accused of delaying the recovery of intermediaries. Online intermediaries blame Google for promoting either those that pay the most in auctions for advertisements or its own travel products, creating unfair competition in the process.
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