Governments, tourism boards, airlines, hotel companies, travel agencies, and cruise operators, along with tour bus drivers, housekeepers, local guides, pilots, restaurant owners, museum operators, bed and breakfast hosts, artists, restaurant operators, fishermen, shopkeepers, and pubs owners – in short, all the people who profit from tourism dollars. They face severe economic pressure not to lose another tourist season. the past A year without travelOn international arrival It decreased from 1.5 billion to 381 millionIt was devastating. For many, another similar year will be out of the question.
Thus, an already burdensome regime has been forced into an existential predicament: Are countries choosing to continue international lockdowns, or are they increasing disease risk and judging much-needed tourism revenues? New Zealand, which, through a combination of strict closures, border closures and strict quarantines, has eradicated the Coronavirus from its shores, He staked his claim At one end of the spectrum. Greece appears to be so The other claims.
There are no easy answers, and no universal solutions. In many cases, the onus is on individual tourists – the fortunate and vaccinated few, full of incentives and frenzied travel – to carefully navigate ethical considerations.
Of all the variables, one thing appears inevitable: The choices we make, whether venturing out or gathering close to home, are unlikely to bode well for individual workers – the unlucky and vulnerable many – who, by circumstance, are vulnerable to the virus. And the fortunes of the badly affected industry are faltering.
“I think we’ve learned important lessons throughout the year on how to engage more safely in public,” said Dr. Fortune, and emphasized the importance of continuing to test vaccinated travelers, wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
“I think the real risk is that the most vulnerable people are the least able to mitigate the risk,” she added.