If someone told us just a few years ago that this will happen, we would think that he watched many science fiction movies. Well, now we, unfortunately, know that all kinds of scenarios are possible. The nightmare became a reality and the entire world is turned upside down because of one tiny virus.
That microbe COVID-19 is smaller than 0,000001 mm but its power is so huge that disables normal life, destroys the economy of countries, and affects all the activities we do every day on the daily basis out of necessity or enjoyment, such as going shopping, school, or a favorite destination.
Travel and tourism in general are the segments that are the most and hardest hit. The coronavirus effects on travel are immense and this is reflected in the economic and financial condition of states and all of us just ordinary people.
How coronavirus effects on travel
Very simple. It is well known that every virus is transmitted very easily and quickly especially in places where are a lot of people. This means that airports, subways, popular tourist destinations, restaurants, football stadiums are now the most risky places with a high possibility of contamination. Pictures of empty airports and famous resorts circulate daily trough the media. Out of fear, people canceled all types of going abroad, either officially or recreationally, and the losses are really huge.
When we talk about numbers, due to the closure of borders and the sharp decline in tourist travel to world destinations, due to the pandemic, world tourism has lost about $ 320 billion in revenue and at least 100 million jobs, according to the latest report of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Thousands of flights have been canceled around the world as airlines try to cope with falling demand due to the corona virus outbreak, while most hotels and restaurants around the world are closed suffering billions in losses.
The impact of lack of travel on mental health
Travelling is a source of great pleasure. Here one gets acquainted with nature, cities and people which excite him and brings unforgettable experiences that primarily enrich his inner life.
One of the things that has been most difficult for many of you is the inability to move at all, which means the inability to go to the various places that used to be so common to travel to. Many people worked hard and saved to go on a well-deserved vacation once a year, alone or with family, and now not only they couldn’t go on long-awaited vacation but they were even fired.
All this affects human health especially on a mental level. Human is a wonderful social being who functionate the best in community, and who does not like to be passive and isolated but to whom brings the greatest happiness to travel and meet dear people or meet new ones. For that reason, the virus has brought one terrible consequence: the global depression.
Which countries felt the biggest consequences of the destruction of tourism
Logically – countries that are most dependent on tourism, ie. countries that do not have their industry and production and then rely mostly on tourism revenues.
Globally, 44 countries around the world rely on the tourism industry for more than 15 percent of their total share of employment, so it is not surprising that these countries will suffer the greatest economic damage caused by the corona crisis. In the first place, these are island states that are almost entirely dedicated to this branch of industry.
Also, the data show the extent to which some larger countries rely on tourism. In New Zealand, for example, the tourism industry creates 479,000 jobs, while in Cambodia, tourism contributes 2.4 million jobs. On the other hand, countries with developed industries such as Germany have not suffered as many losses because e.g. Mercedes is still being produced, perhaps not in an amount as before but this country still has high revenues from just this branch of industry.
Unexpected Boom in one travel sector
Although the coronavirus is causing damage around the world, at least one sector is on the rise – private airline operators find the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail. Demand for private jets has jumped in recent weeks, the paper said, as companies pull their employees out of the region affected by the coronavirus or wealthy passengers want to avoid other people at airports or commercial flights. Also, families rent private planes to protect their elderly members or to avoid transfers in different cities.
The founder of one such company, Jettly Inc., which operates as Uber for private jets, said the requirements had doubled to about 6,000 a day.
The positive effect of coronavirus
Ok, we all agree that coronavirus effects on travel are negative but are they exactly like that. Not at all. There is one positivity that still leads millions of people to travel somewhere and that is in pure and untouched nature. People are slowly realizing that life in cities full of stress and pressure is not natural and good for health and that is why they are returning en masse to Mother Nature, clean and unpolluted air, and healthy habits and lifestyles.
Now is the time to go to isolated beaches, mountain places, eco, and ethno villages, and other places where there are no crowds and where peace reigns. Peace seems to have become something most valuable. Did trouble like this have to happen to realize this?
Although coronavirus effects travel so hard people still travel and will do this in the future. No matter the situation the world has to circulate, people have to move. Maybe this will be the trigger for the small businesses mentioned above, which now have the opportunity to develop, for the benefit of all of us.
So, travel according to the situation and possibilities, only take care of adequate protection according to the recommendations, and stay safe and sound.
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