Tourism in the aftermath of the pandemic?

Team Veye | 01-Jun-2020 Tourism in the aftermath

Tourism is an important part of the Australian economy. It has long been one of the key areas of its growth. Australia has so many unique advantages in tourism like appealing natural assets and a safe and friendly environment.

But all that changed with the outbreak of this pandemic. The demand among the travellers suddenly slumped. The governments also imposed travel restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Further, even in those categories where travel to the country was allowed, the travellers were directed to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities in their port of arrival. ​

Additional restrictions on cruise ships, including domestic cruises, have also been in place. All foreign cruise ships are legally required to leave Australian waters and no foreign cruise ships may enter Australian waters.

Domestic travelling also suffered a blow since the Australian Government advised that Australians must avoid non-essential travel within Australia. A number of Australian States and Territories also closed their borders and restricted intra-state travel.

When devastation due to bushfires occurred, tourism was employed by states to aid recovery. Domestic tourism may again emerge a leader in driving economy upwards. In any case, this will certainly precede international travel. Already human-contact-free "isolated stay packages" for those self-isolating has been started.

Although all Australian airports remain open the tourists have been missing. The significant tourism attractions are still lying closed. International conferencing has led to virtual, online meetings.

The industry is hopeful that post-COVID-19 safe, clean and wholesome destinations will be more in demand. This could make Australia increasingly attractive and better option.


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