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International Tourism and COVID-19: Recovery Strategies for Tourism Organisations

Version 1 : Received: 26 March 2020 / Approved: 31 March 2020 / Online: 31 March 2020 (05:00:08 CEST)

How to cite: Strielkowski, W. International Tourism and COVID-19: Recovery Strategies for Tourism Organisations. Preprints 2020, 2020030445 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0445.v1). Strielkowski, W. International Tourism and COVID-19: Recovery Strategies for Tourism Organisations. Preprints 2020, 2020030445 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202003.0445.v1).

Abstract

The coronavirus pandemic will deeply affect the tourism and travel sector. It is already clear now that its economic impact would be more severe that in the case of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2002-2003. Although not as deadly as SARS, coronavirus infection has a longer incubation period and leaves about 85% of the infected without any (or with just mild) symptoms which makes it more difficult to track and to contain. Moreover, it appears to be much more contagious than its predecessor. The goods news is that most people recover from the disease and develop antibodies that can protect them from getting infected again (natural vaccination). Those cured might become the key element for the post-virus recovery strategies of tourism organisations. People with the acquired immunity to the virus would be capable of travelling freely without spreading the disease. Airlines, hotels and gastronomy should aim at this group offering them discounts and special offers. However, the problem is how to effectively ensure that everyone who claims to be cured from COVID-19 is telling the truth. Health tracking bracelets, apps, and other advanced technological solutions should be put in place. Recent best practices from Hong Kong, mainland China, or India might be applied.

Subject Areas

international tourism; coronavirus; COVID-19; post-viral tourism; recovery strategies

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