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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The chance to give goods a ninth value. Maybe this is our chance to redefine pricing and for example make flights more expensive, trains cheaper, services more valuable to make the job more attractive, travel as a luxury again and not as a matter of course. (April, 2020)
Tourism service activities a small part of our offer, but are a nice complement to our primary activity (cheesmaking). (May, 2020)
Tourism is an extremely sensitive activity, which is affected by various phenomena: natural disasters, weather influences, unfavorable political situations, religious tensions, pandemics, epidemics. Therefore, it is necessary to constantly adapt in this industry, which is easier in smaller tourism companies. (August, 2020)
That people will be afraid to travel again. (May, 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)
As a second year MBA student at Kyoto University, I would be happy to help gather information and resources available. (April, 2020)
We need people who will not be afraid to travel. People who will want to travel. Abolition of travel restrictions. (August, 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)
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)
Prepare for the opening: prepare a protocol. How will you welcome your guests tomorrow; which standards will you have to follow to guarantee safety; how will you adapt to the »new reality«; where will you put the hand disinfection gel? These are some questions to answer to make feel the guest secure and safety at your place. (April, 2020)