COVID-19 has been the worst plague humanity has faced since the Spanish Flu spread over a century ago. As such, the virus has had a a massive impact on business and people all over the globe. The tourism industry has been one of the most hard-hit sectors out there. What’s in store for tourism than in a post-COVID-19 world?
The Pandemic has caused commercial flights around the world to stay grounded, and it has caused people to remain in lockdown. As such, travelling around the world simply isn’t an option anymore and thereby the very essence of the tourism industry has been halted into a standstill. You may have even booked a stay at one of the luxury Maldives resorts – such as the Heritance Aarah – but there was no way to make that reservation.
Even as the worst of part of the pandemic seems to be over and the immediate threat of infection seems to be subsiding, it is more than likely that countries will continue to employ travel bans and lockdowns. These can range from blanket bans to travellers as well as certain geographic restrictions.
Supporting Local Tourism
In a bid to keep the tourism industry alive within the country, most governments are likely to promote local tourism. All the while, they will restrict outward travel and point toward local attractions as a substitute.
Moving forward, if country-country tourism is to return in full swing, host countries will have to find means to ensure travellers that they are safe. This goes beyond having low reported infection numbers, but also having credible systems in place in case tourists do get sick.