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Reset And Redesign: Green Tourism After COVID-19

by: Sharai Hoekema
reset and redesign  green tourism after covid 19 | Newsletter

One of the most frequently asked questions after COVID-19 brought the world’s activities and business to a halt? Right after ‘what are the symptoms’ and ‘will I die,’ we mostly wondered if we would still be able to go on our summer holiday. 

Reset And Redesign

The whole concept of ‘summer holiday’ has become some kind of ritual. Families will pack up their cars and drive to the Spanish Costas. Or we get on the cheapest flight that we could find and get ourselves some quality time in a far-away resort.

Now, it appears as if we might not be able to go on this much-treasured trip after all. Countries are still amid Corona’s throes or are only just now starting to pick themselves up. Borders are slowly being re-opened, but global travel is still minimal. Airline companies are operating a skeleton network, and attractions, restaurants, and resorts are still dealing with strict social distancing measures.

child, woman, creek, water, grass, clouds
Photo by Simon Rae. Reset and redesign tourism. Back to simplicity

International Tourism Is Down

The World Tourism Organization has estimated that international travel will be down by up to 80% this year when compared to 2019, with 100 million jobs being threatened.

Of course, what happened was a major disaster. No argument there whatsoever. However, for the sake of looking on the bright side of things, there could be a silver lining to all of this. It might just mean that we could change our ways for good, starting with our travel and vacationing behavior. Perhaps we could rebuild tourism in a greener and more sustainable way. It surely is an appealing thought.


   
                                                            Coronavirus: Tourism and Social Distancing              

                               

Everyone, from hotel owners to airline companies to tour operators, has had time to re-think their business. Forced to improvise in times of social distancing and limited (local) travel, they had to find new ways of getting their local communities involved and becoming better for the planet.

Recommended: Business Air Travel Going Green: Zero-Emission Executive Jet

Cities Ready For Change

The city of Venice - which has notoriously been buckling under the pressure of tourists - is considering a completely new route. Now that the residents of this Italian city were able to see fish swim in their canals for the first time in forever, they do not want to lose all of this again as tourism once again gears up. The new route includes initiatives to turn temporary hotel accommodation into social housing, to get more permanent residents in lieu of tourists, and impose a tax on day-trippers.

Amsterdam has come to a similar insight. In 2019, there was an approximate total of 18.3 million overnight tourist stays. The small streets and parks of this city were overcrowded and simply unable to deal with this number of people. The pandemic has therefore in many ways been a blessing in disguise for this city as well. Amsterdam has been given back to the locals, is the predominant thought, while the city is working hard on a plan to attract the ‘right’ kind of visitor - not the people who negatively impacted the livability in the city’s center for the past few years.

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The Dutch Leidseplein announcement sign 'it's open again for tourism. Amsterdam.

In Barcelona, protests were already being held against the number of tourists before COVID-19 hit. Now that residents got their way and were able to enjoy ‘their’ city for a bit, local businesses are re-evaluating their priorities as well. It appears that the ‘locals’ are just as capable of keeping businesses afloat, no tourists are needed for that. At the same time, morale and living satisfaction has increased massively, something that has also positively impacted the city.

Recommended: Fellow Travelers: We've Seen The World Now Let's Save It

Going Green And Biking

It is not all about capping the number of visitors, like Venice, Amsterdam and Barcelona are eager to do. It is also about moving the city’s priorities and finding greener ways within their city. Look at Berlin, where some 14 miles of new bike lanes are being planned. Or Milan, where the air has been clearer than it has been in decades, and city officials are planning to keep it that way by making its center car-free. Instead, they are hoping to use this summer to improve some 25 miles of streets and roads, creating new bike lanes and pedestrian zones.

In a similar move, Athens has sped up its plan for making its historic center car-free as well; while Paris and Brussels are equally focused on bringing down the number of cars and creating more bike lanes. As people still tend to avoid large crowds, on government advice, it appears that those cities will have some more time to get the work done. By the time cities will start attracting more visitors, they ought to have transformed into something greener.

Recommended: Urban Mobility: Friendliest Bike Cities Worldwide

Explore Destination Travel

In the meantime, people are likely to flock to more remote coastal and rural areas. This is the best opportunity for destination management that we may have. We can build up tourism slowly and in a balanced manner. Encourage things like cycling holidays in your own country, or perhaps train journeys to a remote location. Slower travel, in all senses of the word.

At the same time, impoverished areas of the world would be happy to see more tourism in order to get their economy going. This is once again an opportunity for destination management, finding new and undiscovered locations that would truly benefit from an added flow of tourists. On the plus side, it would make your holiday a lot more adventurous as well, going somewhere completely new and relatively undiscovered.

Recommended: Travel The World: Keeping The Environment Healthy

Air Travel Feels The Heat

That brings us to the final and most prominent issue. Air travel is a significant polluter; the extent of their damage is only becoming clear now they are forced to cut operations back significantly. All around the world, governments are bailing their national airlines out by providing all kinds of emergency funds. In return, they could demand that airlines become more climate-conscious. Your airfare will inevitably become more expensive, which may mean that we take fewer ‘city trips.’ Fewer destination holidays. More close-to-home, low impact tourism is what we need - and what Corona has forced us to do this summer.

Cover photo by Victor Xok

Recommended: ‘Flygskam’: The Trend Of Scandinavian Shame Of Flying

COVID-19 can be the catalyst that will force us all to be better. Do better. Let’s not waste this opportunity.

Recommended: Sustainable Air Travel: Climate Change Mindset And Tips

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Reset And Redesign: Green Tourism After COVID-19

One of the most frequently asked questions after COVID-19 brought the world’s activities and business to a halt? Right after ‘what are the symptoms’ and ‘will I die,’ we mostly wondered if we would still be able to go on our summer holiday.  Reset And Redesign The whole concept of ‘summer holiday’ has become some kind of ritual. Families will pack up their cars and drive to the Spanish Costas. Or we get on the cheapest flight that we could find and get ourselves some quality time in a far-away resort. Now, it appears as if we might not be able to go on this much-treasured trip after all. Countries are still amid Corona’s throes or are only just now starting to pick themselves up. Borders are slowly being re-opened, but global travel is still minimal. Airline companies are operating a skeleton network, and attractions, restaurants, and resorts are still dealing with strict social distancing measures. Photo by Simon Rae. Reset and redesign tourism. Back to simplicity International Tourism Is Down The World Tourism Organization has estimated that international travel will be down by up to 80% this year when compared to 2019, with 100 million jobs being threatened. Of course, what happened was a major disaster. No argument there whatsoever. However, for the sake of looking on the bright side of things, there could be a silver lining to all of this. It might just mean that we could change our ways for good, starting with our travel and vacationing behavior. Perhaps we could rebuild tourism in a greener and more sustainable way. It surely is an appealing thought. {youtube}                                                                 Coronavirus: Tourism and Social Distancing                                               Everyone, from hotel owners to airline companies to tour operators, has had time to re-think their business. Forced to improvise in times of social distancing and limited (local) travel, they had to find new ways of getting their local communities involved and becoming better for the planet. Recommended:  Business Air Travel Going Green: Zero-Emission Executive Jet Cities Ready For Change The city of Venice - which has notoriously been buckling under the pressure of tourists - is considering a completely new route. Now that the residents of this Italian city were able to see fish swim in their canals for the first time in forever, they do not want to lose all of this again as tourism once again gears up. The new route includes initiatives to turn temporary hotel accommodation into social housing, to get more permanent residents in lieu of tourists, and impose a tax on day-trippers. Amsterdam has come to a similar insight. In 2019, there was an approximate total of 18.3 million overnight tourist stays. The small streets and parks of this city were overcrowded and simply unable to deal with this number of people. The pandemic has therefore in many ways been a blessing in disguise for this city as well. Amsterdam has been given back to the locals, is the predominant thought, while the city is working hard on a plan to attract the ‘right’ kind of visitor - not the people who negatively impacted the livability in the city’s center for the past few years. The Dutch Leidseplein announcement sign 'it's open again for tourism. Amsterdam. In Barcelona, protests were already being held against the number of tourists before COVID-19 hit. Now that residents got their way and were able to enjoy ‘their’ city for a bit, local businesses are re-evaluating their priorities as well. It appears that the ‘locals’ are just as capable of keeping businesses afloat, no tourists are needed for that. At the same time, morale and living satisfaction has increased massively, something that has also positively impacted the city. Recommended:  Fellow Travelers: We've Seen The World Now Let's Save It Going Green And Biking It is not all about capping the number of visitors, like Venice, Amsterdam and Barcelona are eager to do. It is also about moving the city’s priorities and finding greener ways within their city. Look at Berlin, where some 14 miles of new bike lanes are being planned. Or Milan, where the air has been clearer than it has been in decades, and city officials are planning to keep it that way by making its center car-free. Instead, they are hoping to use this summer to improve some 25 miles of streets and roads, creating new bike lanes and pedestrian zones. In a similar move, Athens has sped up its plan for making its historic center car-free as well; while Paris and Brussels are equally focused on bringing down the number of cars and creating more bike lanes. As people still tend to avoid large crowds, on government advice, it appears that those cities will have some more time to get the work done. By the time cities will start attracting more visitors, they ought to have transformed into something greener. R ecommended:  Urban Mobility: Friendliest Bike Cities Worldwide Explore Destination Travel In the meantime, people are likely to flock to more remote coastal and rural areas. This is the best opportunity for destination management that we may have. We can build up tourism slowly and in a balanced manner. Encourage things like cycling holidays in your own country, or perhaps train journeys to a remote location. Slower travel, in all senses of the word. At the same time, impoverished areas of the world would be happy to see more tourism in order to get their economy going. This is once again an opportunity for destination management, finding new and undiscovered locations that would truly benefit from an added flow of tourists. On the plus side, it would make your holiday a lot more adventurous as well, going somewhere completely new and relatively undiscovered. Recommended:  Travel The World: Keeping The Environment Healthy Air Travel Feels The Heat That brings us to the final and most prominent issue. Air travel is a significant polluter; the extent of their damage is only becoming clear now they are forced to cut operations back significantly. All around the world, governments are bailing their national airlines out by providing all kinds of emergency funds. In return, they could demand that airlines become more climate-conscious. Your airfare will inevitably become more expensive, which may mean that we take fewer ‘city trips.’ Fewer destination holidays. More close-to-home, low impact tourism is what we need - and what Corona has forced us to do this summer. Cover photo by Victor Xok Recommended:  ‘Flygskam’: The Trend Of Scandinavian Shame Of Flying COVID-19 can be the catalyst that will force us all to be better. Do better. Let’s not waste this opportunity. Recommended:  Sustainable Air Travel: Climate Change Mindset And Tips Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about sustainable traveling? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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