The world is going through too much of a change in too short a period of time. And the aftermath of this change will be confronted by each aspect of our lives. Among which, holidays seem like a distant dream under current circumstances. Not only for the tourists but for the businesses around the globe. The economy backed by touristry is a void that no other can fill.
Impact of COVID-19 on Tourism
Tourism in all its former aspects has taken a turn downhill. It’s no secret that the fear of COVID-19 is going to impact this previously flourishing market. India attracted 10.5 million foreign visitors last year; 5 million NRIs traveled back home to be with family and friends; 1.8 billion Indians travel within the country for holidays, pleasure, and leisure; 26 million Indians traveled overseas for tourism. All of these statistics seem like a far cry today.
Travelers boost the economic conditions of the area. The primary tourism sectors that get affected are — lodging, restaurants, transportation, amusements, and retail trade. This implies that taking a trip post-pandemic is going to be cheaper than before. Flights, train tickets, hotels, and restaurants will be less expensive than they were before. Businesses will go under loss which means that in order to revive, they might be providing heavy discounts and hospitality will regain its popularity.
Business travel will decrease significantly. With the zoom meetings becoming the new trend, travel for business purposes will retaliate, and not to mention the import and export businesses. A significant proportion of companies are actively seeking both to reduce business travel and to cut the number of employees commuting even to the workplace.
Exploration regarding education was popular with about 753,000 Indian students studying in universities abroad in 2019. The number could well be closer to 800,000 this year. A lot of the well-heeled crowd of parents and families that invariably travels for graduations at this time of the year will not be going anywhere. So it goes for the families who go for university tours.
MICE (Meetings, Inventives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) are going to be at hold and hence lesser purposes for traveling will occur. Even music events and festivals attract crowds which will now be facing a fallout.
The environment is blossoming due to fewer travels. There are lesser air, water, and noise pollution, even the aquatic animals are feeling good because of lesser traffic in seas. Therefore, if explorers began their planning to go globetrotting, it will be to enjoy nature in various places. And beautiful countries like Iceland, Switzerland might become the new hub.
When the tourism resumes, what precautions should be taken
The world we are going back to isn’t going to be the same at all. It will be another world, the world of social distancing. Where 6 feet apart and masks on all the time is going to be the new normal. Where shaking hands and coughing are going to be the new stereotypes we would have to break. So when finally people lose the fear of the coronavirus and begin to travel, they’ll have to follow the guidelines released by WHO:
- Clean your hands often. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you feel unwell.
- If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Call in advance.
- Follow the directions of your local health authority. And if you are traveling, then the guidelines of the respective place.
Countries that will pay a few tourists to travel to their countries
In order to continue tourism, a few countries have come up with offers that are downright attractive. And that is to pay the visitors who are traveling to their countries. Which is a game of words indicating discounts, coupons, and complimentary services? There are going to be paid spa sessions, one day free on two days stay, you name it. Some of these countries only came up with this exclusive proposal because they had a very high amount of death rate of the virus. Even so, these places are worth visiting, especially when the rates are low and they’re paying you back. Some of these countries are Italy, Mexico, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Japan, Switzerland, and Iceland.
Traveling hacks post-pandemic
Here are a few tips to travel post-pandemic:
- Always wear masks.
- Maintain social distance at all places.
- Carry a portable bottle of sanitizer.
- Carry a few extra paper towels.
- Eat and stay at trusted places that follow the guidelines of the health department and promote social distancing.
- Follow the precautions provided by WHO
Lastly, stay safe.
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