The Impact of COVID -19 Pandemic on Tourism and Hotel Sector in Nigeria

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The Impact of COVID -19 Pandemic on Hospitality (Tourism& HotelSector) in Nigeria

Abstract

The tourism industry in Nigeria is one of the sectors that would be greatly affected by COVID-19 pandemic because of the lockdown which will cause low patronage. In carrying out this study, the  Data for the review was generated from desk review of secondary materials, online blogs and interview through social media chat. The empirical findings of the review reveal that the outbreak of pandemic disease led to rapid shutdowns in cities and states across the Nigerian states, which greatly affected the hospitality industry. This pandemic showed the rapid negative impact on the Nigerian tourism and hotel industry. The empirically  findings from the study reveal that COVID-19 has increased cancellations of hotels and travel bookings resulted in revenue loss and unemployment situations, resulting loss of substantial revenue to the government and increasing incidence of poverty among others. The study recommends that provision of alternative service and diversification of service and product and compensation to business operators in the sector to return back to normal operations.

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