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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Zero income. Cancellations or changing dates to next year, so business is lost to this season (May, 2020)
To me tourism is a big part about a globalized world since it means we can can get out of our usual envirnoment and see something we dont usually see. It is a nice distraction from the normal, boring everyday life and a chance to experience something out of the ordinary. The feeling you get when you finally reach the date of your flight, the excitement rushing through the veins when you board the airplane and then the relief when you finally land in your desired destination, is incredible. Suddenly you are in a whole diffrent world, a whole diffrent culture. It is very important to me, that we are able to see the whole planet that we are living on and experience all the different cultures and vibes that people from other parts of the world give you. (December, 2020)
Apart from disrupting tourism activity, it has also disrupted our research activities (i.e. we are conducing bi-annual national survey of visitor motivations, activities, satisfaction and expenditure that was launched just before the C19 lockdown), it has a bearing on our consultancy services with contracts suspended, delayed and tasks redrafted, as well as on slowing down implementation of EU projects. (May, 2020)
I worry that a lot of businesses will go down, and that the development of tourism will stop or even go back. In Northern Norway, we have been working hard with issues of sustainability, and I am afraid that sustainable choices will have less attention from the companies' side, because their main focus will be to get a minimum of income. I also worry that working within the tourism industry will be less attractive. (May, 2020)
Exploring the world without cars. (April, 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 may need are contacts and a good platform to build upon if I wanted to put my ideas to practice. I don't know if a preexisting site would be best or something new, so I would need guidance from a lot of people! (April, 2020)
Campaigns with providers through social media, radio... We are contecting providers in the some field (restaurants / sport activities / local food & prodacts) and making separate campaigns. To help them and support them in this period and also to share interesting experiences in our destination and ideas to the time after covid19. We are including sustainability and green solutions. Strengthen on the domestic market. (April, 2020)
Some companies, especially in the medical and hygiene sector, have certainly been able to use the pandemic to their advantage. (October, 2020)
We need to rethink and build a more sustainable and transparent system. (June, 2020)