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COVID 19 – Experiences & Perspectives

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic resonated across globe like a seismic tear; upheaving the normalcy and paralyzing the whole world with the fear of uncertainty. While the privileged adapted working from the space of their homes, ordering food online, taking up the responsibility of homeschooling their kids; a whole other segment of the world’s population had no choice but to be exposed and vulnerable to the full-blown impact of this virus.

Midst the wide-ranging negative impacts of COVID-19, the greatest one by far is the loss of human life and the unparalleled challenge and pressure it has placed on our health care system. It has resulted in a complete devastation of life as we know it and has jolted the world economy risking millions of people to become victims of extreme poverty due to loss of livelihood. Restrictions on trade, border closures and extreme preventive measures has impacted businesses locally as well as internationally. With the lockdown limitations and social distancing becoming the new norm, the social life of people has become adversely impacted too. Quarantines, school closures, travel restrictions and closure of public spaces like shopping malls, restaurants, theatres and stadiums has taken the fun out of our lives as we are forced to distance ourselves from our friends and extended families.

The psychological aspects of this pandemic are wide-ranging and just like me, people all over the world have experienced an extreme fear of contracting the virus; the fear is not just limited to our own lives but the lives of our loved ones as well. A general feeling of stress, increased anxiety, depression and uncertainty – all have been experienced at one time or another during this pandemic. In my opinion, the part played by the media coverage has resulted in creating mass hysteria as the level of anxiety elevates every time one hears the mortality numbers escalating. Post-traumatic stress disorder is another psychological condition becoming prevalent among masses.

Despite these negative impacts, many people highlight the positive influences of this pandemic as well. The deceleration of our life pace has blessed us with an opportunity to spend ample time in-door with our loved ones and has helped many of us realize the importance of these relationships. With more people spending time at homes and with travel restrictions imposed, reports have indicated an improvement in air quality as well as the overall environment. Moreover, better hygiene practices have become a personal preference as well. The pandemic has also helped us not only envision but give life to a digitalized world.

Despite facing these difficult times, I feel highly optimistic that this virus and all that it has brought will finally pass and we will persevere. I am hopeful that once this pandemic is over, we would not forget the valuable lessons we learned from it and continue being supportive and mindful of each other; valuing the one thing that matters the most – human life.

COVID 19 – Sustainability in Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism

With the pandemic impacting people all over the world, and new strains of virus emerging in various countries, travel restrictions have been imposed rendering tourism to become one of the hardest hit sectors. Even after more than a year since the start of the pandemic, the situation remains highly uncertain. The international tourism declined by 80% in the year 2020, and although it has not improved much in 2021, the encouraging news regarding vaccines has developed a hope of recovery for tourism industry. The blow to tourism industry is considerably softened by restoration of domestic tourism and governments are coming up with plans to sustain and recover this sector (OECD, 2021).

It is highly important to rethink tourism in order to create a sustainable industry in the upcoming future. The key priority areas for governments in this regard are firstly to restore the confidence among masses about travelling and secondly supporting the survival and adaptation of this industry in the world of today. With the sanctions of social distancing becoming more prevalent, the hospitality industry such as hotels and restaurants have modified their services from dining in to take away to ensure non face-to-face services, although in the longer run this can not be the sole solution to be relied upon. Still the masses are becoming accustomed to this new norm and post Covid-19, it is expected that both face-to-face and non face-to-face services will remain available (Jeon , Choi, & Sung, 2021).

With a change in the consumer behavior, tourism and hospitality industry must rethink sustainable management strategies and reduce uncertainty by the provision of clear information; strengthing customer support to overcome gaps within this sector. The future success of this industry is not the responsibility of an individual rather a strengthened cooperation within and between countries, as well as public and private sectors, would result in flourishing the domestic as well as international tourism. Although medium term solutions can be provided through flexible policies, it is imperative to learn from this crises and identify the shortcoming and preparedness issues faced in order to better prepare for the future. Longer term solutions that capitalise on the benefits on digitalization should be a focus of governments (OECD, 2021).

In order to ensure sustainability in hospitality, recreation and toursism industry, the three important steps highlighted are firstly, to induce confidence among travelers through safe travel guidelines; secondly, keep a track of the new trends and factors that influence consumer demand to remain better equipped; and thirdly, remain committed to the process of sustainability by provision of a more inclusive experience by leveraging this newfound interest in longevity (Pangestu, 2021). Currently the future seems uncertain however, through the resilient efforts of all stakeholders involved including hotels, restaurants, airlines, travel management organizations and cruise operators a long term solution can be chalked out.


Jeon , H.-M., Choi, H.-M., & Sung, H. J. (2021). Special issue “Post COVID-19: Sustainable strategic management and consumer behavior in the hospitality/tourism industry”. Retrieved from MDPI:

OECD. (2021). Rebuilding tourism for the future: COVID-19 policy responses and recovery. Retrieved from Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development:

Pangestu, M. E. (2021). Tourism in the post-COVID world: Three steps to build better forward. Retrieved from World Bank Blogs:



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