The 2020 pandemic and previous years’ overtourism issues showed us both the benefits, the relevance, and the limits of the tourism, hospitality and leisure industries for society. We cannot foresee the future, but we can listen to challenges and start developing solutions:
In the name of the global tourism family, many thanks to every single one of you for the inspiring feedback. Your replies are summarized in the sections below.
Don't forget to share YOUR insights (for the first time or again, with new observations):
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It is a way of life, business-wise as well as living that kind of life in private. (April, 2020)
Tourism has been employing me for 25 years. Given that this is a multiplicative activity that is alive and constantly changing, it also brings new challenges. Work in tourism is in all prespectives related to people. Tourist workers are also the best promoters of tourist destinations. (August, 2020)
Tourism will probably due to this crisis regressed, so most of tourism services will have a season full of loss. The challenge will be how fast will tourism companies solve the crisis and once again ˝rise from the ashes˝ and countinue. (April, 2020)
My concern is that a lot of tourism employees will be left out and forgotten for some time. But on the other hand, my concern is that after quarantine people will rush to all places possible and again fill all the carrying capacities of destinations. (April, 2020)
Go digital, as much as possible. But how do we earn money on a dogsled tour digital? I am not sure. (April, 2020)
I do not have any resources at the moment, as I do not see adequate resources in this situation to save tourism. (July, 2020)
As I do understand that understanding topics we take them at school is important, we should take this opportunity for the whole tourism sector to step together and create a good set of actions. As there would be actions taken from an actions such as recommended, we would have an opportunity to change an educating system as well, as we all know, it needs an upgrade. Students (from what we talk to each other) would like to be present at resolving actual current problems more, as some teachers already are taking these actions (for example giving students to write, think and evolve solutions to the actual problems happening in present time). (April, 2020)
A very cool best practice I found is placed in Alta Badia. In this summer every hut and restaurant in the mountains is offering the possibility to take away the lunch in a picnic basket. With this service, you don't have to sit down on a table but you can join your meal on a meadow. (June, 2020)
Not do much an exploitation as such, but discounting I see amongst hotels in Japan will not save the industry as it causes the Prisoner's Dilemma. Everyone could suffer as a result. (April, 2020)
Don't spend this time stressing but building the future plans and gaining new knowledge that will be useful in the next few years. (April, 2020)