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.
So far we have received more than 900 responses in which these questions have been discussed::
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.
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Motivation and a great desire to improve tourism. (March, 2020)
It is my biggest hobby and motivator, spending most of my time & money on exploring the world (May, 2020)
I love my home country Austria and all the peculiarities, but I also miss going abroad and have some time to relax far away from the everyday stress. But the biggest challenge is to stay calm and sit in the home office and there is nothing you can do against the virus. But all after all that's only complaining on a high comfort level. I should be happy that all of my family members are healthy and nobody lost the job or anything like that. (December, 2020)
I worry that a lot of businesses will go down, and that the development of tourism will stop or even go back. In Northern Norway, we have been working hard with issues of sustainability, and I am afraid that sustainable choices will have less attention from the companies' side, because their main focus will be to get a minimum of income. I also worry that working within the tourism industry will be less attractive. (May, 2020)
- Event planners who are highly anxious about the state of the industry and want to diversify their skills to increase their chances of being hired in a business role after quarantine can get certifications in digital marketing, coding, etc. or go back to school for a degree in a different field that provides an essential function (ex: accounting, social work, etc.). (April, 2020)
Data on youth travel responses to Covid 19 - now being published with WYSE Travel Confederation. (May, 2020)
I need resources that could help provide guidance for a graduating senior on how to best position themselves in finding a job in an economy going through a recession right now. (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)
Rethinking and Reinventing Travel and Tourism Post Covid-19
This article is related to tourism in Ghana but all the measures can be used in the same areas to boost the tourism industry. The author presents that mainly the domestic and regional tourism should be supported, there should be weider utilization of technologies, digital word etc. There should be smart leadership and cooperation between the tourism organisations and all the segments in the tourism industry. The protection of the environment is important and we should heed sustainability and and support it all. The selected data and analysis will be helpful to get the information and work with them, use them to get the important decisions.
https://voyagesafriq.com/2020/04/10/rethinking-and-reinventing-travel-and-tourism-post-covid-19/ (April, 2020)