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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Tourism for me means the following:
T-ravel with passion
U-niqueness and appreciation of different tourism destinations and offers
R-espect for other cultures and mentalities.
I-nteractions with people all over the world
M-ake experiences (October, 2020)
Tourism means a lot to me, as it's a way of learning about a new culture, seeing a destination and also a way of introducing our destinations and culture to tourists visiting. (April, 2020)
The closure of the kindergarten during the shutdown was defenitely the biggest challenge for my student life. (October, 2020)
My concern is that after COVID-19 pandemic accessibility to culture and heritage will be limited with negative consequences especially for more vulnerable visitors, including people with disabilities. Too often these visitors are already excluded from their right “freely to participate in the cultural life of the community and to enjoy the arts” (Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). (May, 2020)
Go on holiday and support tourism! For some it seems like a bad idea but in my opinion we should help tourism to overcome this pandemic. The hotels and tourism companies try to find ways that we feel safe and we should honor this effort. If we accept all guidelines it is posssible to have safe tourism. (October, 2020)
A vaaast information on local stories, a good network of local and regional stakeholders (Maribor, Slovenia) and a bit of crazy innovativeness that comes with our formats. (April, 2020)
Training of risk management & crisis management in hospitality industry. (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)
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)
12 World-Class Museums You Can Visit Online
This article is not very related to the disease Coronavirus, but this technology can be used in those days too. On the website of those 12 museums and galleries is directly written, that they are closed until further notice, but they offer the visitors online exhibitions and virtual tours.