As more and more countries reduce the restrictions enforced through lockdown, it’s evident that social distancing will be here to stay for the foreseeable future. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to put off any future travel plans, pending that the guidelines are strictly followed.
Holidaymakers must comply with these safety measures, as does the travel industry. Working in unison means that we can steadily get back to travel, allowing consumers to have much-needed breaks, thus supporting the tourism sector and businesses who heavily rely on fruitful consumer habits. But how can we make this a reality?
Here are 5 ways the travel industry will need to change to support social distancing.
1: Focus on less populated locations – the main tourist hotspots are famous and popular for a reason, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the same excitement and satisfaction from visiting lesser-known sites. Try to avoid the crowds and delays by focusing on less touristy locations and going for a more personal bespoke tour such as with ourselves where you’ll only be in smaller, controlled groups.
2: Regular sanitising and testing – this should already be part of most routines, but tour companies will have to sanitise as much as they possibly can and implement better sanitation routines. The tourism industry should also make it a priority to offer regular testing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks. If in doubt, don’t travel, but a test will always offer peace of mind for yourself and others.
3: Mix up both virtual and real touring – technology has come in leaps and bounds which means you no longer have to listen to dated recordings or stay in close proximity to the tour guide. Tour companies need to make use of the wealth of apps available that eliminate the need to stay close to one another or lugging around a hefty, and potentially bacteria-covered device. Connect with your app, while using your own headphones!
4: Remaining flexible – no one was entirely prepared for this outbreak, despite some country’s solid efforts. There is the potential that this could happen again, so the whole tourism industry has to be more flexible on cancellations, refunds, postponements, and so on. This will inspire confidence for those who are just that little bit worried to make a large commitment.
5: Play it safe – absolutely everyone has a duty to society to self-isolate if they have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, particularly those who are interacting with large groups of people ie. tour guides, flight attendants, wait staff, etc. Play it safe and if there’s any doubt in your mind that you aren’t COVID-free, get a test and err on the side of caution. The tourism sector must also recognise that people may feel pressured to take risks due to the large investment involved, and thus give people options if they can’t or don’t feel comfortable travelling.
What would you like to see put in place that would make you feel safe travelling again? Let us know in the comments section!
We’ve always been a little different here at TRIPorganiser, implementing only the highest standards since day 1 and specialising in small group, bespoke tours that provide a more intimate travel experience. These recommended travel industry changes may be new to others, but we’re confident that your next travel experience with TRIPorganiser will be in good, experienced hands.
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