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.
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There have been cases I heard of where companies would apply for financial support from the government, even though they where not entitled to get it and had no real need for it. (June, 2020)
When I decided to enrol into Faculty for Tourism Studies, I did not think a lot about tourism in general, just the facts that I like to travel and work with people were enough. After a few years, I got a job as a tour representative on different destination and a guide as well. What I loved about it the most is that locals, after some time, start treating you as one of their own and not as a simple tourist, which is something that a lot of people are trying to achieve while traveling. (May, 2020)
Tourism will probably due to this crisis regressed, so most of tourism services will have a season full of loss. The challenge will be how fast will tourism companies solve the crisis and once again ˝rise from the ashes˝ and countinue. (April, 2020)
When In London it was only a few weeks into this pandemic. It was actually right before it became a pandemic. When we were there we were very cautious when we were in public. Especially when we were trying to leave we were concerned about going to Heathrow because it is one of the busiest airports in the world. We were also concerned about using public transportation because that is how we would get around to all of our destinations. (April, 2020)
After the lockdown (May 2020) all restaurant and hotels got the confirmation that the can re-open. Some restaurants/hotels did it really well, with new offers, cool projects, mini events, new decorations.. And the other restaurants/hotels did it like before.
If you want to be good, you have to come up with new ideas, new projects, something unique,...
For some companies, the sales revenue were higher than before the corona crisis - because of new ideas, new projects,... (October, 2020)
In regards to learning new skills or getting certifications, here are some websites that may help:
https://www.strikingly.com/ (make a portfolio for free!) (April, 2020)
Trainings concerning how to successfully hold a webinar and keep connections after the online events. (April, 2020)
Trying out all sorts of different applications and never stop being curious. (April, 2020)
Global airlines and hotels holding back payments or only providing credits to customers, yet laying people off, and seeking bailouts. (April, 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)