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Return of meaningful travel and tourism activities … key restrictions hampering return to normalcy

With the constantly transmuting and resurgent Covid-19 virus, the question of whether life will ever return to normality is pertinent. Particularly for economic industries, such as the tourism industry, that has been battered by Covid-19, such question is urgent. The tourism-related sectors are too valuable to perish and should be resuscitated. But how? Asking how to resuscitate the Namibian tourism sector is another way of reflecting on the key impediments hindering sufficient travel and tourism activities at the moment. Understanding such stumbling blocks, and resolving them, could accelerate the recovery of tourism and economic activities. Hence, the question: what are the key factors that could significantly contribute to return to semblance of “normalcy” in the tourism industry? 

Perhaps, two factors can be put forward as vital, namely, lifting of lockdown measures and travel restrictions as well as convenience and ease of air travel, and the associated airline availability.  

Lifting of lockdown measures and travel restrictions

After the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments imposed physical distancing, through lockdown measures and travel restrictions, as measures to fight the spread of the virus. In other words, snowballing Covid-19 infection and death rates have led to national lockdown and travel restrictions being imposed in the first place. For instance, Namibia was placed under a full lockdown on 24 March 2020 with three Covid-19 cases detected. In the same way, increasing Covid-19 infection and death rates have led to a national lockdown and travel restrictions being imposed in the first place, so will decreasing Covid-19 infection and death rates lead to the lifting of lockdown measures and travel restrictions? But how will lower infection and death rates come about? 

Medical advancement seems to suggest that a higher total number of vaccination doses administered in the total population (e.g. per 100 people) might significantly lower…

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