The Impact of COVID – 19 on International Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities

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  • Prof. J. Shang City University of Hong Kong Author

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International Tourism, industry professionals, researchers seeking

Abstract

The global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019 has had profound effects on various sectors, and international tourism is no exception. This paper explores the multifaceted impact of the pandemic on the tourism industry, examining the challenges it posed and the opportunities that emerged as a result. The analysis encompasses both the immediate disruptions caused by travel restrictions, lockdowns, and safety concerns, as well as the long-term transformations in consumer behavior and industry dynamics. The challenges faced by the international tourism sector include the abrupt decline in tourist arrivals, the economic strain on tourism-dependent communities, and the operational hurdles encountered by businesses in adapting to new health and safety protocols. Governments, industry stakeholders, and local communities grappled with the need to strike a delicate balance between public health concerns and the economic vitality associated with tourism. On the flip side, the pandemic has catalyzed innovative responses and presented new opportunities for the tourism industry to reinvent itself. The acceleration of digitalization and the adoption of advanced technologies, such as virtual tourism experiences and contactless services, emerged as trends that not only addressed safety concerns but also enriched the overall tourist experience. Destinations explored sustainable and regenerative tourism models, emphasizing community engagement, environmental conservation, and cultural preservation.

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Published

2021-07-22

How to Cite

The Impact of COVID – 19 on International Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities. (2021). International Journal of Business Management and Visuals, ISSN: 3006-2705, 4(2), 7-13. https://ijbmv.com/index.php/home/article/view/28

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