The rapid appearance of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, brought a shocking standstill to the tourism industry across the world. Due to the COVID-19 vaccines being available for purchase, there is a rising hope that international travel will resume in near future.
Even before coronavirus, there was an unease concern that the industry of tourism has grown too large too quickly and some demands were made to scale it back and attempt to make it more sustainable environmentally. But since no international travel has happened since March, the opposite issue started to arise.
Now the hope of renewal is assigned basically to the worldwide supply of a useful vaccine. Three main factors will govern the resumption. Here they are.
Effective travel regulations
Regulations managing the traveler’s health might soon begin to resemble those in the 1970s. Back then it was crucial to have appropriate health and vaccination authorization for traveling to several countries. The COVID-19 vaccination is likely to become a similar standard to deal with the present-day crisis.
All countries might start embracing it and it might expand by including hotels in it. For this to happen though, the government needs to pass strict rules. One of the solutions for this would be vaccination passports and digital travel passes but all this will require standardization across the world.
Health measures such as using masks during the flight, testing before and after the departures, social distancing, and mandatory quarantine are also vital. If the spread of vaccination in certain destinations is low then the importance of these measures will grow. Other things such as touchless travel, fewer in-flight services, and temperature screening can be expected to become the new standard. The long quarantine periods could be one of the biggest problems.
Airlines restarting the business
The International Air Transport Association has predicted that the travel industry will not achieve the pre-pandemic normality again till 2024 at least. Restoring the transport infrastructure and network will be needed with the comeback of tourism especially for cruising and aviation.
Many airplanes are in Australia and the U.S are parked. Before resuming the flights, there will have to be some recuperation and services thoroughly. The flight crew will be needed to be re-trained and rehired in some cases. Modification might be done in airports to deal with the new testing arrangements and public health screening.
One of the hardships for airlines will be re-establishing the air routes and yet preserving viability. There should be less frequent flights, longer travel, and bigger stopovers. In the U.S. though the rates of domestic airfare have dropped. Some smaller airlines could be more likely to have a better performance. The demand for long-haul airplanes may stay low for a while.
Return of traveler’s confidence
One of the more challenging troubles to overcome for leisure travelers is the lingering fear of COVID-19 infections. However, as the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. and the Golden Week in China, have shown, there is still a hunger for tourism across the world. Some predictions by experts show that leisure travel may recover faster than business travel.
But, it remains to be seen whether the travelers are willing to take off on a journey if there is an element of risk involved in the action. How quickly the adaptation to the newer safety protocols will happen is another question. The way to bring back the confidence of travelers is through standardization of sanitation and safety measures across the world-wide travel supply chain. There is a suggestion of using a “Safe Travels” stamp after the companies have arranged the hygiene and health protocols.
Other safety measures
Although the COVID-19 vaccination will help a great deal as a solution to the travel problems people wishing to go traveling will have to undertake other safety measures such as avoiding public transportation and instead rent a car. You will need an international driving permit to drive around in a new city.
Select an off-peak time for the visit. A good idea will be not to depart on Fridays when usually the public places will be crowded. By bringing your drinks and snacks, you might avoid standing in line. Wear a mask, especially if you are close to other people. Keep a certain supply of wipes and hand sanitizers with you at all times.