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:
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.
Don't forget to share YOUR insights (for the first time or again, with new observations):
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Up to date news in the industry, also some news related to employment/replacement (May, 2020)
Tourism means the oportunity to travel and experience different environments, be it social or nature or business, tourism offers a wide range of oportunities to people, also means a concern about impacts that this wide spectrum of activities has. (April, 2020)
To travel free & wherever you want is still not possible and also not sure when it will be possible again. I work as a receptionist during the holidays and we are facing many challenges right now. The government frightened the people of travelling especially guests from other countries. Right now we have to put double or tripple the effort to generate new guests to get as many guests as possible to keep our hotel alive. (June, 2020)
The Austrian economy cannot cope with another lockdown, and tourism in particular. If winter tourism fails to appear, many hotels will not survive. Travel abroad is associated with risks because of Covid-19. (June, 2020)
For people who love to travel, the worst case is not to plan. Fot those every travel stops with a new travel plan, even in maybe their domestic area. So it is crucial for tourism companies not to stop comunicating with people outhere and give them hope for best summer, best experience, best day trip, best family time... Don't focus on the ones who will not come, focus on the ones who will come "with a little help of the current situation". (April, 2020)
With my studies, I can help to improvise plans and help with getting the wheels rolling again after this all stops. Hopefully someone will hire me so I can help. (April, 2020)
Senior industry professionals giving guidance to those who are just starting out in this industry during these troubling times. (March, 2020)
I am a good communicator so I could talk to those who feel lonely at the time, I can provide any kind of creative work if needed or health care for those in need. (April, 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)
I think that every organization/company... should start to prepare some kind of plan. They should try to adapt and work from home, come up with alternatives so they don't completely lose costumers/visitors...For example many museums started to offer virtual tours. (March, 2020)