Ash crisis costs European tourism 1.7 bln euros: body

23rd April 2010, Comments 0 comments

The European tourism sector suffered losses of 1.72 billion euros due to the volcanic ash cloud that paralysed air traffic across Europe, the World Tourism Organisation head said Friday.

Without even taking into account the cost to the industry outside Europe, daily losses were about 400 million dollars (300 million euros), the organisation's secretary general Taleb Rifai told a news conference.

An initial estimate from the International Air Transport Association that the sector had suffered losses of 200 million euros per day was correct, he added.

However, the airline umbrella group has since raised its estimate of losses to 400 million dollars per day.

© 2010 AFP

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