This article is available also in spanish here
New ways of travelling after the COVID-19 pandemic
My list

Author | Patricia M. LicerasThe sudden appearance of the coronavirus pandemic and its exponential progression has changed our social behavior considerably. Once the sought-after vaccine has been found, some of our habits will gradually go back to the way they were before, however, given the magnitude of the crisis, others are likely to remain with us forever or, for a long time at least. A shift in habits that also affects tourism.If we want to carry on travelling, an appetite that remains intact, if not intensified with the confinement, we will want to do so in a different way. Because at the moment, health is the priority.

Preference for national destinations

During this period, when many are already on holiday or excited to be planning their break, the new normal, which is gradually establishing itself, is bringing with it a rise in domestic tourism. Travelling to relatively nearby destinations that can be reached by car feels safer than collective transport options that are shared with strangers. Long journeys, better for the times ahead.You cannot be too careful and we are also choosing other formulas that reduce the risk of infection. Therefore, we are seeking less overcrowded destinations and, rather than hotels, accommodation where we can spend time with our families or friends with a garden, swimming pool, etc., which enable us to unwind, but without too much contact with the outside world. In this regard, rural tourism is one of the great beneficiaries. Moving inland may help to boost abandoned areas.people walking in a shopping mallThis health crisis has also led to an economic crisis, with lots more people joining the ranks of the unemployed and an uncertain future for workers, therefore, we are much more sensitive to the prices of tourism offers.

The ‘new normal’: safety, first

Perhaps all of the foregoing will no longer worry or, worry us less, as the economic situation improves and a vaccine is found. However, according to experts, this unprecedented experience will lead to much more demanding travelers in terms of health safety, with regard to hotel and airline companies’ cleaning and disinfection protocols.Accordingly, during this second post-COVID-19 phase, travelers will opt for destinations that offer high standards of safety and which strictly comply with the guidelines established by the health authorities. We will also take out more travel insurance. Since many are finding it extremely difficult to get a refund on their tourism packages or airline tickets bought before the pandemic, apart from many being too scared to fall ill in countries with poor health systems.

Smart strategies to save tourism

tourists sitting inside a planeThe coronavirus crisis has devastated the European tourism industry, which generates 10% of the community GDP, and, among the ideas put forward to boost tourism, with health safety being a top priority, is a model unseen until now: the so-called “travel bubbles” or “green zones”.Countries with decreasing infection rates are joining forces to allow their citizens to travel as if they were in their own territories. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania opened their borders to bring the so-called Baltic Bubble to life. Greece, Israel and Cyprus are finalizing an agreement also based on this restricted travel option. Australia and New Zealand are also working on a similar alternative, although they do not think their safe travel corridor will be ready before August.There are even proposals to apply this model to the Pan-European level, such as that of the professors Miquel Oliu-Barton and Bary Pradelski. The idea is simple: to allow people to move between the green zones of different European countries through a network of regions certified by the community institutions themselves.At least in the short term, we will have to continue living with COVID-19 and, according to scientists, we can expect similar viruses in the coming years. Given this scenario, new concepts such as the “green corridors” and “travel bubbles” may end up molding the future of smart tourism.Images | Edgar Chaparro, Kleomenis Spyroglou, Gerrie van der Walt

Related Content
What is the impact of child labor?
What is the impact of child labor?
Auckland has become the world’s most liveable city
Auckland has become the world’s most liveable city
Prediction: Future Cities Will be Filtered Through the 15-Minute Framework
Prediction: Future Cities Will be Filtered Through the 15-Minute Framework
Stanford researchers will use the Korean ‘smart city’ of Songdo as a living laboratory
Stanford researchers will use the Korean ‘smart city’ of Songdo as a living laboratory
The six best cities in the world to live and raise a family
The six best cities in the world to live and raise a family
Which are the leading smart cities in Europe?
Which are the leading smart cities in Europe?
COVID and poverty: its impact on cities
COVID and poverty: its impact on cities
Cancer and cities: risk factors and solutions for an increasingly urban society
Cancer and cities: risk factors and solutions for an increasingly urban society
Technology and equitable education: promises and obstacles of a looming revolution
Technology and equitable education: promises and obstacles of a looming revolution
How can cities help visually impaired people?
How can cities help visually impaired people?
How can cities improve the quality of life of disabled people?
How can cities improve the quality of life of disabled people?
How India wants to become the future of smart cities
How India wants to become the future of smart cities
Coworking spaces: how cities are adapting to this new work concept
Coworking spaces: how cities are adapting to this new work concept
It’s 2021. Why Are Public Spaces & Roads Still Unsafe For Women?
It’s 2021. Why Are Public Spaces & Roads Still Unsafe For Women?
5 signs that a city needs to urgently change in order to stay alive
5 signs that a city needs to urgently change in order to stay alive
These are the reasons why people abandon their city
These are the reasons why people abandon their city
Creating opportunities for a better future with the Tel-Aviv foundation
Creating opportunities for a better future with the Tel-Aviv foundation
[ui!] Urban Software Institute: Mobility for your whole life
[ui!] Urban Software Institute: Mobility for your whole life
Will there be a digital divide between smart and dumb cities?
Will there be a digital divide between smart and dumb cities?
Smart tourism destinations: the challenge of achieving a harmonious balance between industry and habitability
Smart tourism destinations: the challenge of achieving a harmonious balance between industry and habitability
Makerspaces for economic development and social cohesion
Makerspaces for economic development and social cohesion
Health, well-being and happiness should be core in urban design
Health, well-being and happiness should be core in urban design
Success story: the transformation of Singapore into a sustainable garden city
Success story: the transformation of Singapore into a sustainable garden city
Co-living or shared houses: A smart solution for cities?
Co-living or shared houses: A smart solution for cities?
Cities and maternity: how new urban planning can help with pregnancy and breastfeeding practices
Cities and maternity: how new urban planning can help with pregnancy and breastfeeding practices
Technology in schools with an impact in and out of the classrooms
Technology in schools with an impact in and out of the classrooms
Digital natives, technological illiterates?
Digital natives, technological illiterates?
Can we combat poverty with an app?
Can we combat poverty with an app?
Welcome to Vienna, the World’s best city to live in
Welcome to Vienna, the World’s best city to live in
Helsinki: opening new frontiers in digital tourism
Helsinki: opening new frontiers in digital tourism
Why we'll live in a Smart City: infographic
Why we'll live in a Smart City: infographic
Connected culture: libraries, educational programmes and idea laboratories that transform a city
Connected culture: libraries, educational programmes and idea laboratories that transform a city
Emotional Salary, a revolution for a new labour market
Emotional Salary, a revolution for a new labour market
Cities are aging with their population: challenges and solutions for an inverted pyramid
Cities are aging with their population: challenges and solutions for an inverted pyramid
Is it possible to save suburbs from themselves?
Is it possible to save suburbs from themselves?
How technology is changing the way children think and focus
How technology is changing the way children think and focus
How cities around the world are tackling poverty
How cities around the world are tackling poverty
Huawei Intelligent Operation Center: The brain and central nervous system of a Smart City
Huawei Intelligent Operation Center: The brain and central nervous system of a Smart City
SCHRÉDER EXEDRA: Lighting up cities
SCHRÉDER EXEDRA: Lighting up cities
What kind of city do adolescents want? One that combines a technological future with the need for boundaries
What kind of city do adolescents want? One that combines a technological future with the need for boundaries
We need to look at refugee camps as urban spaces
We need to look at refugee camps as urban spaces
The cost of high density
The cost of high density
The challenge of redesigning cities to adapt to an ageing population
The challenge of redesigning cities to adapt to an ageing population
Technology to fight child exploitation: a tool not to be underestimated
Technology to fight child exploitation: a tool not to be underestimated
Sameh Wahba, World Bank:
Sameh Wahba, World Bank: "Policies that can enable the creation of denser cities may be fiscal but also administrative"
Radical inclusion: a new urban paradigm
Radical inclusion: a new urban paradigm
Paraisópolis, Brazil. A city of favelas aiming to be egalitarian, sustainable and accessible
Paraisópolis, Brazil. A city of favelas aiming to be egalitarian, sustainable and accessible
Over-planning and the risk of creating less inclusive cities
Over-planning and the risk of creating less inclusive cities
Smart Innovation & City Progress in Disruptive Times: How cities are using disruption to accelerate innovation
Smart Innovation & City Progress in Disruptive Times: How cities are using disruption to accelerate innovation
New ways of travelling after the COVID-19 pandemic
New ways of travelling after the COVID-19 pandemic
Recommended profiles for you
Remember to activate your profile to network!
Activate profile
Shinichiro Tamura
Shinichiro Tamura
Nikken Sekkei Research Institute
Researcher
Frans-Anton Vermast
Frans-Anton Vermast
Amsterdam Smart City
Strategy advisor & international smart city ambassador
Robert  Akerblom
Robert Akerblom
Fieldflower Design and Engineering AB
Developer Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Indoor Vertical Farming (IVF) systems.
CQ
Cinthya Quispe Maica
Estudiante
Travel agent
FRANCISCO DENES  PEREIRA
FRANCISCO DENES PEREIRA
Secretaria de Relações Internacionais da Prefeitura de São Paulo
Assessor Internacional
VICTOR  ROMERO
VICTOR ROMERO
ESTRATEGIAS EN COMUNICACION Y EVENTOS
PROJECT MANAGER
Tiffany Lim
Tiffany Lim
Princeton University
Higher education
md
montse dominguez
Ajuntament de barcelona
Urbanist
PIERRE-MARC LINCOURT
PIERRE-MARC LINCOURT
City
Purchasing management
KB
Kátia Bertol
Secretaria de Inovação e Tecnologia
Coordenadora
MZ
Maro Zina
People of Iraklia
Founder
Stefan Lemke
Stefan Lemke
Nebelflucht GmbH
Business Development Manager for Digital Smart Service Products
Meitha Soekotjo
Meitha Soekotjo
Good Shepherd
Director of Good Shepherd, Christian Non-profit Human Development Consultation Office
YL
Yasmin Lane
Urbanice Malaysia
Communities and Projects, Senior Executive. Oversee engagements with cities and communities.
Rafly Hidayat
Rafly Hidayat
Universitas Sriwijaya
Student
Prachi Sahu
Prachi Sahu
21st Century Preparation
Architect
BK
Birgit Klyssek
Bk Translation
Owner
Karina Amirgamzaeva
Karina Amirgamzaeva
University of Girona
Student
JG
J Ruben G Cardenas
J.R.G.C Consultancy
Private Tech Consultant
Tracy Vaughan
Tracy Vaughan
Embassy of Canada in the Hague
Trade Program Assistant

Only accessible for registered users
This content is available only for registered users
TO: $$toName$$
SUBJECT: Message from $$fromName$$