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A woman looks at a timetable outside the closed Eurostar terminal at Brussels South railway station after Britain’s European neighbors began closing their doors to travelers from the United Kingdom amid alarm about a rapidly spreading strain of coronavirus, in Brussels, Belgium, December 21, 2020. (Reuters) Coronavirus has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the biblical town revered as Jesus’ birthplace at the height of the normally cheery holiday season. Missing were the thousands of international pilgrims who normally descend upon the town. Restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops were all closed. The renowned Christmas tree lighting service was limited to a small group of authorized people, as well as church services on Christmas Eve. For a town that relies so heavily on tourism, it was a disaster – but it’s far from unique. The world over, tourism businesses are suffering due to the pandemic. Tourism industry struggles Tourists had started to return to Luxor on the banks of the Nile to wonder at the grandeur and beauty of Egypt’s ancient tombs. Following the revolution in 2011, the tourist industry struggled, but slowly visitor numbers began to climb again after direct flights were reinstated and restrictions on travel lifted. But Covid-19 cast a shadow over that recovery. READ MORE: Covid-19 will cost airlines $157 billion, says the IATA Postponing major events In Japan, border closures meant that once crowded tourists spots were eerily quiet. The country escaped the worst of the virus in terms […]