COVID19 pandemic has created an overnight health emergency worldwide and pushed the global economies and disrupted the supply chains to a long-term recession. Developing economies like India are worst affected countries where there is 1.3 billon population.
COVID19 IMPACT ON TRAVEL AND TOURISM INDUSTRY
Covid-19 has put a long disruptive affect in travel & Tourism Industry. Unfortunately, one of the worst-hit sectors of all the industries happens to be tourism and hospitality sector. Which cause mass unemployment, closure of business. Almost 70% of workforce have affected directly or indirectly in this sectors.
SHARP DECENT OF INDIAN ECONOMY POST LOCKDOWN
Indian economy has fell down to 23.9% in the 2nd quater of june 2020, Anything India had not seen in its 73 years of independence. Since economic recovery does not occur overnight, emerging from it will take at least three to four years.
HOW WILL PEOPLE TRAVEL IN THE POST COVID- A NEW NORMAL?
1. Health, hygiene and sanitisation will be the new regular
Sanitisation and social distancing will be the new mantra/ tool that would be the most sought after post-pandemic travel – Maintaining personal hygiene will be on the top priority over being fashionable. Hand sanitizers, masks, hand gloves, and travel insurance will become top items to pack for our next destination.
2. Covid test Result and E-pass are to be mandatory and top priority documents along with identity and tickets
As the Govt. slowly allowing the citizens to travel but are the Covid test result & mobile apps like arogyasetu are on the top priority along with the tickets and identity.
3. Air bubble for safe travel
In the hopes of kick-starting tourism and helping economies rebound countries ease up on their restrictions, to allows citizens to travel between the nations in a restricted manner, India too has signed an air bubbles with many countries. The first destinations for tourism to be explored abroad will be Maldives, Dubai, Sri Lanka and Bhutan, as they are all closer to India and are relatively free of corona.
Since India is exploring options to set up air bubbles with more countries to facilitate international travel, many foreign airlines from countries with which India has already formed air bubbles have resumed their operations in the country. United Airlines of America recently announced direct flights to Bengaluru and Delhi linking two of the world’s IT Center.
4. There is a increase in demand for domestic & personal trips
For at least six months to come, domestic travel would see a increase in demand over international travel. The fear in crowded places of catching the virus would keep people away from the big party.
People can travel more easily in their own private car, instead of using public transport.
5. Luxury will become more affordable
Because of bad economic conditions, mass redundancy and speculation on how the future will look, people will keep on splurging on holidays. As a result, the hospitality industry will be forced to offer luxury at a more affordable price-you can see lower prices, free cancellations, free additions, and several other privileges. Travel aggregators like MakeMyTrip, Yatra, booking, will offer you a hefty discounts to motivate people to travel again.
7. Travel insurance will gain traction
As international travel restrictions lift slowly, airlines launch new routes, hotel chains put social distance and hygiene measures in place ready to welcome guests again, travel insurance will become an important part of travel planning. Insurers have already begun covering Covid-19 to convince travellers that their COVID19 insurance won’t be stranded overseas or bankrupt.
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8. Nature regenerates itself
The only good thing that happened in this pandemic is that it gave a much-needed break to Nature and wildlife.
In the end, all I can conclude is that COVID-19 can be seen as a rare opportunity to address problems that have long plagued the business, despite its negative effects on the tourism industry.
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