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.
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There are changing travel conditions and challenging times if you want to travel. But there are also cuttings in your personal life, like the university life. I haven't seen my colleagues from university since February. The learning from home is challenging because no one could tell you how you should do it, its new for everyone. At work, we had short-time work for about half a year, and we still don't know what happens next. (October, 2020)
Means broden horizons, giving experiences, generating new knowledge. (April, 2020)
Personally I’m not really affected by COVID-19 when it comes to traveling. Of course I would love to go somewhere rather than just different places in Austria but that is just not happening this year and that’s fine for me. (December, 2020)
My concerns are that the world we used to know won't be the same after the pandemic. (December, 2020)
In my opinion there should be a possibility during quarantine that you are allowed to spend quarantine in other places - for example rent out an apartment with a terace or garden and stay there for the next month (min. stay atleast 2 weeks) - you are only allowed to stay on your premises and shop for neccesities. That way there still won't be any overcrowded places.
Doing this would help the tourism industry to atleast "stay above water" financially and offer tourists to change their surroundings from time to time. (April, 2020)
In regards to learning new skills or getting certifications, here are some websites that may help:
https://www.strikingly.com/ (make a portfolio for free!) (April, 2020)
Multi sector collaboration to collect data. (April, 2020)
Given that the country is closed and that people are scared, I don’t see many solutions, and I don’t have good practice yet. I went back to the time when I founded the company. I make reservations for hotels for the citizens of Slovenia, which received a tourist voucher from the state. At the moment, this is the only way I pay all the costs of the company. (July, 2020)
https://www.ft.com/content/19d90308-6858-11ea-a3c9-1fe6fedcca75 - link to the article written by Yuval Noah Harari that I find curious, as it opens many cotroversial questions and dilemas for the future - as the author states amongst other emphases - a shift from “over the skin” to “under the skin” surveillance, with the use od biometric data. (April, 2020)
After the Virus: 10 Consumer Trends for a Post-Coronavirus World
Article presents 10 new trends and innovations in the world, which can make great changes and boom also in the tourism affected by covid-19. As examples it can be virtual experience economy, virtual companions, ambient wellness, or assisted development.