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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I am concerned for the hospitality industry as a whole. I am concerned that this pandemic will make people to cautious to the point where they won't venture out. I also am scared that people are going to financially unstable for a while, therefore resulting in no one spending money at local businesses. (April, 2020)
To me tourism is a big part about a globalized world since it means we can can get out of our usual envirnoment and see something we dont usually see. It is a nice distraction from the normal, boring everyday life and a chance to experience something out of the ordinary. The feeling you get when you finally reach the date of your flight, the excitement rushing through the veins when you board the airplane and then the relief when you finally land in your desired destination, is incredible. Suddenly you are in a whole diffrent world, a whole diffrent culture. It is very important to me, that we are able to see the whole planet that we are living on and experience all the different cultures and vibes that people from other parts of the world give you. (December, 2020)
Travel cancellations by passengers. We are not currently receiving any new bookings. (July, 2020)
What will tourism look like during the covid 19 crisis and how will we organize travel given that travel recommendations change from day to day. (July, 2020)
Gov'ts will be facing budget deficits in coming years and tourism programs may be impacted. Right now tour operators are emerging across the circumpolar world. They are often competing against larger, more established operators from the outside. I think it's important to look at eligibility requirements for gov't funding, and that regional funding be directed towards Arctic-based operators, as they are the smallest and most vulnerable. This is not the case in all circumpolar jurisdictions. We should use scarce public resources to support local tourism industries. (April, 2020)
www.resilientdestinations.com is gathering resources for a sustainable recovery, and sharing them with whoever wants. (April, 2020)
Personally as a student of tourism studies, the main source of resources would be produced from the faculty itself as in this action it would reach to many other students that are able to produce benefits to solution to the problem itself. Probably it would be very productive to create some "brainstorm" activities in classes themselves, and that would also be considered when grading a student. For the whole education system it would as well be good as you said it yourself, we have a very good opportunity to change tourism industry for good in a good way for all of us, and i think that the school system is forgetting about inovative thinking of students. (April, 2020)
The tourism sector has been hit very hard by the pandemic. The following article might provide some light for the tourism sector, in these dark times: https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/resources/impact-covid-19-travel-hospitality-industry-and-6-startups-can-help/ (June, 2020)
Travel companies not allowing for partial or full refunds. It is not as if people wanted to cancel their travel and we cannot deter people from traveling in the future by souring their present experiences. (March, 2020)
Home entertainment by the hand of tourism enterprises
This article explains that many tourism enterprises are keeping the contact with their clients, creating activities for kids and adults to help them go through these hard quarantine times. But, why do they do it if it is not their job?
The idea is keep in touch with the clients, even if they are not going to book anything with them right now, to remind clients that they will still be there when the things get stabilized, clients will remember them and start booking again. It is a long view strategy, but I think it is a smart movement from tourism enterprises instead of being just observers of the disaster.
See the original file here: https://www.hosteltur.com/135925_entretenimiento-en-casa-de-la-mano-de-las-empresas-turisticas.html (April, 2020)