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Tourism made up 10 percent of global GDP in 2019 and was worth almost $9 trillion. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the tourism industry due to the resulting travel restrictions, as well as slump in demand among travelers. Many countries have introduced travel restrictions in an attempt to contain its spread.

Nichola Ramchurjee is a biodiversity/natural resources activist. With determination, she pursued her passion at the University of Mysore, India earning a Ph.D. in Environmental Science. She has more than 10 years of experience in research, biodiversity and natural resources conservation, remediation and data analytics. She explores social aspects in her environmental work and has published numerous research articles and books.

University Open Air is generously supported by The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund. WNYC is a media partner of the 2020 BPL Presents Season.

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