What Happens to Tourism and Travel after Covid-19.
It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one. None taken. We are all learning a new vocabulary of inoculation: self-quarantine, shedding period, flattening the curve, inflection point. We are learning the exact dimensions of close contact. We are shaking elbows; we are singing “Happy Birthday” twice while washing our hands I can’t actually get through the first verse, we are working remotely, we are awkwardly conducting our classes online; we are for reasons I still don’t quite understand buying ridiculous amounts of toilet paper. By the time you read this, a whole new reality may have settled in.
Traveling all over the world has been my dream, I miss the sound of my bag rolling down behind me just to hop into the next connecting flight, which ever destination I could afford, but wait a minute, what has this Covid19-pandemic done to me? A bitter question that I am trying to answer from my bed waiting for local quarantine period to be over so I can now deal with the regional quarantine.
Travel and movement of the masses will have to take another route, things like Chinese nee year which involves a lot of traveling will have to be rethought. The end year parties and family gatherings will be affected as well and so will be the hotel interactions and even we the back packers. Chances are, your destination will immediately begin an aggressive coronavirus recovery program the moment the “all clear” signal is given. Most destinations will institute a recovery strategy in which discounts may be a part of the overall enticement to return to travel.
But don’t look for deep discounts. The best strategies may not necessarily have cheaper prices but to offer more value. E.G. I have seen in the past would be a hotel offering free meals with room purchase and maybe even packaging in attraction tickets, instead of looking for the cheapest price, I would be looking for the best value. There are going to be plenty of high-value travel packages available just to try and revamp the industries after the pandemic period.
The travel and tourism sectors will be the fast to pick up and move the economies as many destinations all around the world will offer value for money more than ever before, place like Maldives Seychelles, Hawaii, Fiji, Dubai, Mombassa and Zanzibar are devastated with no single soul strolling along the beaches means no salaries and livelihoods for quit a no of us. The institution around this places must however come up with clear guidelines and plans for people control incase of a Pandemic Re-bounce, a rare occurrence but one we cant wish away.
Human behavior and interaction might change as well, I personally have found myself having to make sure that I have my sanitizer with me all the time a trend that will be picked up by many. Our country is slowly wrapping its head around this disaster in slow motion. It is clear that life cannot go on as normal, at least for the foreseeable future. We are entering a wartime of solitude. Everyone must do their part. A friend canceled a lunch meeting with me a few days ago, writing, “I am practicing active social distancing at this time. No offense.”