COVID 19 pandemic has taken the world by surprise, even paralyzing many economic sectors to prevent the virus from spreading. Among others, tourism is the activity that has been most affected. For that reason, travel companies should apply some changes to overcome tourism post-COVID 19 pandemic.
Despite the fact that neither the World Health Organization (WHO) nor the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recommended restricting travel, tourism companies put the well-being of travelers and their staff ahead and suspended their activities.
Also, these organizations recommend that the tourism post-COVID 19 response in the sector should be consistent and proportional to the virus for public health. In this sense, the industry should make a local risk assessment and have the support of all members of the value chain: public bodies, private companies, and tourists. This changes post-pandemic should help to the travel companies.
Tourism Post-COVID 19
In countries like Germany and Italy, people are entering to a new normal, characterized by post-COVID 19 changes. Like them, perspectives of the tourist industry and the traveler´s preferences will have changed after the pandemic.
- LOCAL TOURISM: As the sector reactivates, the first tourists will be local because people will rely on the measures established by their own governments.
- LIMITATIONS OF DISTANCE: The adaptation of the tourist product will be key to respect the security measures and health protocols.
- OUTDOOR TOURS AND ACTIVITIES: People have been kept at home by quarantine, so that, tourism post-Covid 19 will search for nature through outdoor activities such as hiking or cycling.
- THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY: To avoid contact, technology will take a bigger role in people’s lives. In this sense, the traveler’s experiences will have to combine the physical with the digital experiences.
- POPULAR ATTRACTIONS WILL BE LESS VISITED: Considering that before the pandemic, main attractions crowded many people, some experts coincide that tourist starting a scattered to unusual destinations.
Meanwhile in Peru
In the same way, the Peruvian government is tuning health protocols to receive visitors from July 1. According to the head of the archaeological park of Macchu Picchu, they are applying some changes post-pandemic. For example, to enter the Inca citadel, the protocols required the mandatory use of masks, social distancing, and hand washing.