Uncertain Travel

Headlines are coming as Flights grounded …ITB cancelled…ATM postponed… …Destinations closed… Jobs at risk….Uncertainty starts roaming around the world.  Cancellation news is coming from all over the world to every computer of tour operators, Hoteliers, Homestays, Event organisers, all the doors are being closed due to the rapid spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19)   we are reeling under a world of unknowns…

History always showed us that recovery from outbreaks can be slow and painful but the implementation of good organizational strategies will help for resilience in hard times.

The travel, tourism, and hospitality sector need to implement contingency plans about adjustments for the time, which travel rebounds quickly once the colour change. UNWTO formed the Global Tourism Crisis Committee to join every part of the tourism sector as well as leading international institutions together to create a united response to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and prepare tourism for recovery

Now it feels like there are too many disasters around the world and not enough relief. There is no definitive commentary only assumptions are in the Air.

The economic slowdown in 2019 and geopolitical issues had already made major and evolving challenges to the Tourism Industry and now the outbreak of Coronavirus COVID-19  is being shut down the sector. Indian tourism and hospitality industry has witnessed a potential job loss of around 3.8 crore, which is around 70% of the total workforce, due to the Covid-19 impact. The worldwide spread of COVID-19 is causing devastating disruption to people’s lives and global economies. 

According to The World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) latest estimate, international tourist arrivals could fall by 20-30% in 2020, translating to a decline in international tourist receipts of between US$300-450 billion. Demand for travel and tourism has collapsed and there has been an unprecedented decline in air traffic.

The research by WTTC shows that the sector is supporting one in 10 (330 million) jobs, making a 10.3% contribution to global GDP and generating one in four of all new jobs which reveals the vital role of Travel & Tourism in powering the recovery of the region’s economy.  WTTC calls the governments around the world to protect Travel & Tourism as the backbone of the regional and global economy, which is currently in a fight for survival.

Around the world, Healthcare machinery is being undertaken many kinds of research to develop the vaccine for Corona Virus. This time our battle is so unexpected but as a society, the philosophy of support to each other will help us to move forward.

 Let us prepare for the worst while hoping for the best and pray for the headlines to change in the coming days.

Rajani. A




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