The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the tourism industry due to the resulting travel restrictions as well as slump in demand among travelers. The tourism industry has been massively affected by the spread of coronavirus, as many countries have introduced travel restrictions in an attempt to contain its spread.From the start of the COVID-19 crisis in China, the impact of the pandemic on the travel tourism industry was significantly underestimated.Tourism is one of the world’s major economic sectors. It is the third-largest export category (after fuels and chemicals) and in 2019 accounted for 7% of global trade.For some countries, it can represent over 20% of their GDP and, overall, it is the third largest export sector of the global economy. It is one of the sectors most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, impacting economies, livelihoods, public services and opportunities on all continents. All parts of its vast value-chain have been affected. It also supports one in 10 jobs and provides livelihoods for many millions more in both developing and developed economies.Some have taken advantage of airlines drastically reducing their fares to travel for leisure despite multiple warnings to remain at home, along with two-week self-quarantine requirements upon arrival or return from travel.Policy makers and practitioners in the tourism industry need to gain knowledge of the impact of the pandemic crisis on the tourism industry and economy.