Travel trends after the impact of Covid-19 by Aminath Ishrath
Covid-19 impacted communities across the globe and one of the most devastatingly hit industries was the travel and tourism sector. The World Travel and Tourism Council estimates that over 62 million jobs were lost within the tourism ecosystem. Stakeholders are slowly paving their way on the road to recovery and among the need for survival, opportunities are being discovered. Here are some of the key trends we have identified.
While the world stopped for a while in one way, it also continued to go on in another way because of dedicated workforces switching over to work from wherever they are based. A number of resorts and guest houses in Maldives have come up with “work-cation” packages to fit the needs of the travelling worker bee. With some employers completely letting go of physical office spaces, the lifestyle of a digital nomad is becoming more and sought after for a balance between productivity and mental health.
Private villas and yacht charters
This trend may apply to the ultra-high net-worth groups, but it is one that is expected to be on the rise in the coming year too. With private villa booking, safari and yacht charters and property buy-outs, families can create their own bubble and safely distance themselves to avoid risk. With small private islands and larger villas, the nature of Maldives makes it one of the best destinations equipped to socially distance yourself.
Conscious travel with longer stays
Planning a holiday is now proving to be more work than before. Constantly being updated on the destination’s risk status, the ever-changing red lists, quarantine requirements and testing needs are factored into every trip. With all the work going into arranging a holiday, people are likely to stay longer and immerse themselves more in the destination by building relationships with local communities.
Responsible and sustainable travel
Even before the pandemic hit, a lot of awareness was being created around climate change for travellers to be more mindful of their environment. With Covid-19, the world opened up more to the responsibilities surrounding the reality of nature and its resources and how fleeting moments can be. The travellers of tomorrow will demand answers to the destruction created today. With the recovery of the industry, more stakeholders are set to strengthen and advance their sustainability agenda.