Travel, hospitality sectors hit hardest by Covid-19: Report

New Delhi, Feb 17 : The tourism, travel and hospitality industries have been hit the hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic, a report by Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) said.

Accordingly, the survey report results reflect an across-the-board decline in revenue, with very large companies most likely to have experienced a considerable decline in revenue.

"Despite the general decline in revenues among firms of all sizes, one-third of our survey respondents felt they were doing better than their competition, and fewer than 10 per cent felt they were lagging behind their competitors," IMA said in a statement.

"Companies' beliefs in how they were faring compared to their competitors was influenced by firm size: larger firms (greater than 1,000 employees) were more likely (39 per cent) to believe they were ahead of their competition than smaller (less than 100 employees) ones (29 per cent)."

Besides, financial professionals' employed with tourism, travel and hospitality industry have also been the hardest hit by the pandemic.

According to the report, 13 per cent of financial professionals' employed with tourism, travel and hospitality industry were furloughed and 58 per cent received pay cuts.

"Also, relatively hard hit were professionals in the government, not-for-profit, and education sectors, 5 per cent of whom were furloughed and 52 per cent receiving a salary decrease."

"By contrast, the sectors that showed the highest resilience were accounting and finance followed by IT, telecom, and tech, followed by financial services, banking, and real estate."

The report is based on a survey of 1,481 accounting and finance professionals located in five countries: China, India, Saudi Arabia (KSA), the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and the United States (U.S.).

Furthermore, the report highlighted a board revenue decline - with large companies suffering more than their smaller counterparts.

Interestingly, the report cited that many companies reported that despite the pandemic, they are faring better than the competition.

"Only a marginal few confided that they were worse off than their peers.

From a staffing perspective, only half the companies surveyed revealed that they retrenched employees during this period."

"The pandemic has affected employment and the compensation of those still employed.

Most survey respondents revealed that they have had a reduction in their compensation, either in salary, bonus, or both."



Source: IANS