The COVID-19 outbreak has been the most significant pandemic event the world has seen since the Spanish Flu. The virus has had a massive impact on almost every country – their businesses and population. One of the industries that have been hit the hardest is the tourism sector, so how will it shape up in a post-COVID-19 world?
In order to prevent the spread of the virus, most countries have begun to restrict commercial flights. What’s more, curfews and lockdowns being implemented means that travelling itself has stopped for the most part. With international travel essentially being cancelled for a while, the tourism industry has found itself in a very precarious position.
The Lingering Threat
As of now, it would seem that infection rates are slowly subsiding within most countries. However, it would be prudent to employ new policies and tactic to ensure that things don’t get as bad as they did again. As such, countries will likely continue to employ travel bans and lockdowns.
With international tourism essentially being paused for the nearfuture, countries will likely begin promoting local tourism. For example, in Sri Lanka, you can probably expect the spotlight being shined upon the country’s premier attractions and landmarks. Major luxury hotels in Sri Lanka– such as the Heritance Hotels Sri Lanka – can also do their part by highlighting locations close to their property.
Moving forward, if international tourism is to return to its normal state, host countries will have to find means to ensure their travellers’ safety. This will mean rigorous and efficient testing mechanisms and credible systems being in place if tourists do get sick.