It’s unfortunate to see several businesses in the
tourism industry shutting down because of the coronavirus. The lack of
passengers due to border closures forced several businesses to stop operations.
The worst part is that there seems to be no end in sight. Things could stay the
same because a vaccine is yet to be discovered. Local infections are still
rampant and people are afraid to go out. Add to that the various restrictions
in place even in areas where the virus is already contained in fears that it
will come back.
Everyone hopes that the vaccine will soon be available
will get back to normal. The sad truth is that even if it happens, the
tourism industry might remain shut.
People will still be afraid to leave home
The discovery of
vaccine will most likely benefit developed countries or countries where the
vaccine was discovered. They can also afford to mass produce the vaccine so
that everyone in the country gets it. The same thing might not happen to other
countries. They don’t have means of producing vaccine in large quantities. As
such, tourism might still not pick up in these places.
Some people are against vaccines
Another reason why the discovery of vaccines wouldn’t
solve anything is that some people are against vaccines in the first place.
Their discovery wouldn’t change anything. Unfortunately, conspiracy theories
are all over the internet and they discourage people from taking vaccines.
Let’s not forget that some people are even against wearing of masks. Worse,
others believe this pandemic is a hoax. The problem with the spread of this
virus is that unless it’s contained in almost all parts of the world, it will
continue to wreak havoc. With the lack of coordination in some places and an
individualistic mindset, things will probably stay the same.
Some businesses have already closed
The issue with the tourism industry is that businesses
are interconnected. They rely on some tourist spots to survive. If that
attractions is no longer available, the businesses around it wouldn’t survive
anymore. Conversely, if the businesses surrounding those areas no longer
operate, the attraction wouldn’t be appealing anymore. It’s a chain reaction.
The lack of activities will lead to the decline
of tourists. Flights will probably cease since no one is going to those
People started to live without tourism
It’s been almost a year since some people got locked
up in their homes, or at least within their communities. They’ve learned to
adjust with the reality of this pandemic. They no longer care if they can still
continue to travel for the rest of the year. The loss of appetite for tourism
is going to hurt the industry even further.
Tourism won’t be the priority
Due to this pandemic, some people lost their jobs,
while maintaining the same bills to pay. If things start to pick up, tourism
wouldn’t be first on the list. There are other things that they will prioritize
considering the limited finances.
The future might seem bleak for now, but things could
still change. Let’s hope everything improves soon. For now, we can start by
thinking about the discovery of an effective vaccine that will be made
available as soon as possible.
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