It is without a doubt that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had a negative impact on tourism. With more people preferring to stay at home, it is high time that policymakers in the tourism industry design measures that will help the tourism sector to stay afloat before the virus is defeated. Therefore, from 2022 onwards, it is expected that a more eco-friendly direction will be taken, with the primary goal being to ensure that if another pandemic occurs, the tourism industry will not be affected as much. Therefore, with this in mind, the following are some of the expected eco-friendly trends that could be implemented from 2022 onwards.
Air Travel May Resume But at Limited Levels
With the coronavirus mutating with each infection, a lot still needs to be done to ensure that the virus does not mutate and spread to uncontrollable levels. It is, therefore, expected that provided the virus is within our midst, air travel will remain low. In instances where people need to travel, more containment measures such as increased vaccinations and the issuance of COVID-free certificates will be a usual trend.
Enhanced and Improved Travel
It is expected that there will be an increase in sustainable travel and responsible outdoor activities and experiences. For instance, more people will be more concerned about what activities they participate in, considering that maintaining a sustainable environment will be a concern in a world where any form of unhealthy interaction may lead to another contagious outbreak. Additionally, it is expected that more companies will implement policies that require their customers to abide by set rules, which in this case, may include the observation and maintenance of a green environment.
More Enhanced Accommodation
Strategic policies that may make the overall working conditions for employees accommodative and hospitable for tourists will be implemented. This will be based on the fact that tourists may consider working with companies that have implemented safety and health-based measures. For instance, most accommodations in the Daintree, QLD are eco-friendly, an instance that promotes tourism and facilitates growth.
The coronavirus pandemic has made people change their ways of life, with companies keeping in place measures that call for people to work from home. In the tourism sector, it is expected that more travelers may consider extending their stay in hotels or farm holidays rather than leaving and interacting with other people with unknown health conditions.
Domestic Tourism will Increase
It is also expected that domestic tourism will be the most preferred mode of tourism for many travelers. This can be based on the doctrine that it is likely that countries will impose restrictions on international tourists. As such, more people will prefer to travel within their countries rather than get vaccinated or abide by foreign laws.
The aforementioned and expected eco-friendly policies will improve tourism to a great extent. It is also essential to bear in mind that such policies may also have a negative outlook on tourists who may view such measures as unfriendly. Regardless of this, an important aspect to consider is that such ecotourism trends will have an accommodative and durable impact on the tourism sector.
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