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Dial H For Hero

(2,971 posts)
Fri Jul 31, 2020, 10:29 AM Jul 2020

Sleepy lions, empty bars, lost jobs: A world without tourism

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/asia-pacific-tourism-makes-patchy-070247326.html

PARIS (AP) — With no American visitors to show around the D-Day beaches or the Loire Valley’s chateaux, and no work on the immediate horizon, Paris tour guide Linda Zenou frets about how she’ll pay off a loan and continue to care for her ailing mother in the achingly lean months ahead. “My situation is going to become completely inextricable,” she said. “We have nothing to live on.”

For growing numbers of businesses and individuals who depend on the global tourism industry, the question is not so much when the coronavirus pandemic will end but how and if they'll survive until business picks up. In trying to fend off the virus, countries that put up entry barriers to tourists have done so at a mounting cost to themselves and others.

“It’s now survival of the fittest,” said Johann Krige, CEO of the Kanonkop wine estate in South Africa, where the drying up of wine-tasting tourists threatens dozens of wine farms around the historic town of Stellenbosch, near Cape Town. “A lot of them are going to go under because they just don’t have sufficient cash flow,” Krige said.

Around the world, travel amid the pandemic is becoming a story of tentative steps forward in some places, but punishing steps back elsewhere, of “yes” to letting back visitors from places faring somewhat better against COVID-19 but not from others where outbreaks are flaring. The result is an ever-evolving global mishmash of restrictions and quarantines, all of which are providing zero long-term visibility for businesses trying to make payrolls and for everyone in the industry from trinket sellers to luxury hotels.

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Sleepy lions, empty bars, lost jobs: A world without tourism (Original Post) Dial H For Hero Jul 2020 OP
My dad was planning to go to France to do the WWII tour. Initech Jul 2020 #1
That's a shame, I hope he gets to go. I did a Normandy tour with my fathar some years ago. Dial H For Hero Jul 2020 #2
Yeah I hope we get to travel again too. Initech Jul 2020 #3
I had to cancel a Round the World trip I had scheduled for this May. Dial H For Hero Jul 2020 #5
OTOH, the planet needed a break. maxsolomon Jul 2020 #4

Initech

(100,384 posts)
1. My dad was planning to go to France to do the WWII tour.
Fri Jul 31, 2020, 10:51 AM
Jul 2020

Now he doesn't know when or if this trip is going to happen. This pandemic blows.

 

Dial H For Hero

(2,971 posts)
2. That's a shame, I hope he gets to go. I did a Normandy tour with my fathar some years ago.
Fri Jul 31, 2020, 11:04 AM
Jul 2020

Great memories.

Initech

(100,384 posts)
3. Yeah I hope we get to travel again too.
Fri Jul 31, 2020, 11:08 AM
Jul 2020

Nothing has sucked more than this pandemic has, and I hope we get some real leadership that will help beat this thing so we can get back to living.

 

Dial H For Hero

(2,971 posts)
5. I had to cancel a Round the World trip I had scheduled for this May.
Fri Jul 31, 2020, 11:32 AM
Jul 2020

With luck I'll be able to go next year.

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