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Empty hotels. Millions of jobs at risk. The travel industry may just fall off a cliff.

It’s unprecedented, say hotel and tourism bodies. Covid-19 threatens to bring the industry to a standstill with travel restrictions piling up losses and likely to trigger an avalanche of lost jobs. It’s now apparent that the Wuhan-exported virus has hit hospitality as hard as the airlines.
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20 Mar 2020 7 Mins Read 9 comments
Tourists wear face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19 near Taj Mahal in Agra on March 5, 2020. Getty Images
Tourists wear face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19 near Taj Mahal in Agra on March 5, 2020.
Perched on the scenic Lake Pichola, amid the grandeur of Udaipur’s royal architecture, the tony Leela Palace and Taj Lake Palace hotels usually hum with guests through the year. Around spring last year, Anish Khanna scampered off with his family to The Leela Palace for a quick weekend getaway. It came at a price. Khanna forked out INR58,000
will be no summer vacation in Udaipur’s Lake Pichola this year. Instead, his usually travel-ready kid now forces him to return home and avoid even the evening walks near the society pool below. For the moment, the travel industry is bracing for a tempestuous journey in the weeks and months ahead. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)
Perched on the scenic Lake Pichola, amid the grandeur of Udaipur’s royal architecture, the tony Leela Palace and Taj Lake Palace hotels usually hum with guests through the year. Around spring last year, Anish Khanna scampered off with his family to The Leela Palace for a quick weekend getaway. It came at a price. Khanna forked out INR58,000 will be no summer vacation in Udaipur’s Lake Pichola this year. Instead, his usually travel-ready kid now forces him to return home and avoid even the evening walks near the society pool below. For the moment, the travel industry is bracing for a tempestuous journey in the weeks and months ahead. ( Graphics by Sadhana Saxena)

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