Behavior of tourists change in coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic won’t last forever. Someday it will end and life will return to normal. But some human habits will never be the same. This is especially true of the behavior of tourists after the pandemic. Travelers will have to adapt to new realities.
What will happen when the borders of the countries open after the coronavirus?
Tourism expert Fernando Gallardo believes the coronavirus pandemic will completely change the minds of travelers. After the quarantine is lifted and the borders are opened, mass tourists will not rush to travel abroad. Throughout the world, domestic (local) tourism will begin to recover faster than external (global) tourism. And in this regard, Russia, as a large state with various climatic zones, has a lot of advantages over small countries.
Behavior of tourists change in coronavirus
Tours will become more personalized
The coronavirus pandemic will accelerate the transition of the tourism industry from a mass recreation system to a system of personalized tours and individual travel planning. As part of large tourist groups, people will feel uncomfortable and prefer micro-groups or individual tours. As a result, travel decisions will become more personalized.
Leisure destinations will change
According to Bournemouth University professor Adam Blake, in the medium term, the fear of infection will be so strong that many tourists will refuse to visit crowded cities and go to the province, away from the noisy crowds of tourists and closer to nature. “For example, if a traveler wants to visit France, he will not go to Paris,” says Adam Blake. “He will prefer to take a break away from civilization and choose the equally beautiful, but safer Provence.”
People will be afraid of public transport
Tourists will appreciate travel safety. Even after the full stabilization of the “coronavirus situation”, they will have an unconscious fear of public transport for a long time, in which the social distance between passengers is violated. Therefore, people will increasingly travel not by buses, trains and planes, but by their own or rented cars.
The maximum social distance between people will change
Travelers will choose accommodation options that allow them to maintain their maximum social distance. Demand for rooms with a personal entrance, detached houses and bungalows will increase. Hotels that offer these types of accommodation will recover from the crisis much faster than hotels with a densely located room stock.
People will want cleanliness and hygiene
According to Adam Blake, after the coronavirus pandemic, travelers will have increased requirements for the sanitary and hygienic condition of the premises in which they live. Therefore, absolute cleanliness and regular disinfection of rooms and common areas will be the key to the successful development of hotels and guest houses in a crisis.
What kind of housing will be in high demand?
In the immediate aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, tourists will feel more comfortable and safer in rented private houses or apartments that look like their own. Such accommodation options will give travelers a sense of security, as they will be associated with their own home, which reliably protected them from external threats during a pandemic.
The tourism sector will switch to online services
Travelers will choose those travel companies and hotels that involve minimal personal contact between people. Over time, hotels will have to adapt to the needs of travelers. “I think that hotel owners will have to abandon the system in which guests show their passport to the concierge during check-in, because theoretically it can be infected,” Gallardo cites as an example. “Hotels will most likely have to check-in online.”
People won’t want to go to restaurants
Changes await the catering sector. In small cafes, where the tables are too close to each other, people will feel uncomfortable. Many of them will not want to visit catering establishments and will order food to their room. In conclusion, we note that in the unstable conditions of the pandemic and the impending crisis in the tourism sector, it is very difficult to plan anything for the future. Therefore, we propose to be patient and wait for the end of the pandemic in order to personally assess the accuracy and reliability of the forecasts made by experts.