Has the Pandemic changed Tourism?

Commending the efforts of Ministry of Tourism to revive tourism in the country, M.P. Bezbaruah shares his opinion on the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on tourism sector and the way ahead in the changing times.

Just when the tourism industry had seen ‘a ray of hope’ in the beginning of the new year the pandemic has come back with greater fury. Things are, so to say, back to square one. However even in this unfolding gloom there is optimism—that with the coverage of most of the population with vaccination and with higher herd immunity the pandemic will settle down in a few months and tourism can be revived.

With that optimism it is now time to carefully plan the revival. Will it be business as usual for tourism or have things changed? Certainly, the numbers have changed. So has attitudes and preferences of consumers. While the numbers…

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