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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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)
I think tourism is an important part of my life. I like to travel and explore new countries and cultures. Not everybody has the money and time to travel and that is the reason why I am pleased to be able to travel and be a tourist. (June, 2020)
As of right now, the start date for my post-graduation career has been delayed due to the COVID-19 virus. My family and loved ones have already been impacted with their jobs and small businesses they operate. (April, 2020)
The struggle many face either because they become so dependent on travelling (for ex. bloggers, vlogers etc) or because of it (people in small places that have no other means to survive, or have forgotten the struggles of life because tourism was the easiest thing to do).
The idea that nothing will be the same "easy" as before.. The idea of adapting, inovation...the idea of not knowing what will happen. (April, 2020)
COVID-19 is an opportunity to reflect on our value system, and society. What is the most important to us? what are the values and things that we treasure? (June, 2020)
I'm a soccer coach for kids. Maybe I can create a practice where they still keep distance, so that we can play again. (June, 2020)
Some resources I need are some positive statistics about the coronavirus that can help keep people's heads high. (April, 2020)
Summer houses, glamping and cabins nearby are booming. I think that's a good solution for now. (May, 2020)
Tourist vouchers should also be redeemable in travel agencies, restaurants, museums and national parks. Now some providers are earning a lot, while others are in red numbers.. (August, 2020)
Maybe finding financial solutions or funds for those who are now in existential crisis. I also think everyone who is working in culture sector or any other art branch is fearful of the future situation. I think we should really support those and find a way to make their lives easier. After all, art is what define us, makes us humans. (April, 2020)