More and more countries are imposing travel restrictions and blockade for nCoV. It is difficult for anyone to accurately predict the post-Covid-19 tourism scenario.
The speed of spreading nCoV has terrible consequences, but the industry has recovered from past crises and experts believe the market will stabilize after a pandemic.
However, the economics professor said he did not know when and how the world would overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. But once the public health crisis improves, service prices will drop to a certain level – enough to motivate tourists to return.
Christopher Anderson, a professor at the Cornell University’s School of Hotel Training (New York, USA), predicts that cruise ships will definitely be extremely cheap when the yacht industry comes back on track. He said that redesigning some of the new yachts that are still under construction with larger cabins with less passenger density could be the solution to attract new customers. Cutting back on the buffet and favoring à la carte meals, at different prices, can be another way of reassuring travelers who are suspicious of cruise ship safety, he said.
The challenge of the yachting industry is to attract new customers to the cruise ship after a series of news about nCoV spreading on the yacht, restrictions and ban on cruise ships … Mr. Anderson said that this can determine the survival of the business.
The challenge of the yachting industry is to attract new customers to the cruise ship after a series of news about nCoV spreading on yachts, restriction orders and banning cruise ships from landing … Mr. Anderson said that this can determine the survival of the business. Photo: AFP.
In addition, every business from yachts, motels or hotels, must change the way of control and sanitation to interact with customers, and exchange back to ensure the most comfortable customers have. be.
Jan Freitag, Senior Vice President of Lodging Insights, an STR hotel analyst, also emphasized hygiene. Tourism enterprises should apply “new measures that are clearly visible”. Whether they must put hand sanitizer everywhere or regularly disinfect hard surfaces, they will clearly convey to their customers that “this is what we are doing to keep you safe”, he suggested.
In early April, nearly 80% of US hotels were empty, according to STR reports. Mr. Freitag said, room rates must plummet before rising again. Historically, at times of major crisis such as the 9/11 attacks or the downturn in 2009, the hotel industry took twice as long for room rates to rise again compared to when it dropped to the lowest level, Freitag said.
The expert cannot predict the risk of collapse of any segment in the US hotel industry, but there will undoubtedly be internal turmoil – in many cases these changes will be invisible to guests. Hotels may secretly change owners but still operate and belong to the same brand.
Professor Anderson judges that tourists may feel safer in hotels than for motels. Because, if you save money, visitors suffer the facilities and hygiene standards of rooms for rent on platforms like Airbnb. Therefore, he predicts there will be a short-term negative impact on rental services such as Airbnb post-Covid-19.
People would be more comfortable flying if the cabin was less crowded even after the outbreak, Anderson said. If you really want to turn this around, airlines have to fly with empty middle seats – carry out social spacing, fares are significantly lower than last summer’s promotions and booking policy – cancel The trip will be less strict within a certain time.
Besides, Professor Anderson hopes the businessmen will help the aviation industry recover. While many businesses may be more comfortable with conducting online meetings, the desire to do face-to-face transactions will help boost business trips.