It feels as if 2020 has just begun and we’re in the midst of a global pandemic… The worst outbreak since the Spanish Flu and the Black Plague, the upside is that we are far better equipped to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, even though it may not feel like it.
Travel is no doubt one of the hardest-hit industries, with the US suspending all travel from Europe for one month and declaring a national emergency, many countries following suit by closing airports and completely sealing their borders. Below is a map of countries that have sealed their borders, yellow indicating partial and red showing complete sealing of borders:
Your update from South Africa
To “reduce the impact of coronavirus” will have dire results for South Africa’s inbound tourism private-sector and its international partners. The travel bans entail:
- Imposing travel bans effective 18 March to and from high-risk source markets, including South Korea, Italy, Iran, Spain, Germany, USA, UK, and China
- Travelers from medium-risk source markets – Portugal, Singapore, and Hong Kong – to present themselves for high-intensity testing
- Cancellation of visas granted to citizens from high-risk destinations
- Any foreign national who visited a high-risk country will be denied a visa
- Self-isolation for travelers who have come from high-risk destinations since mid-February
Is Travel doomed?
According to Forbes, the future for travel is indeed a bright one, even though it may not seem like it right now with travel plans being cancelled at every turn in response to government restrictions, the travel industry will lose jobs, there will be bankruptcies and consolidations.
But then what?
According to the UN Agency By 2030, there could be 1.8billion tourists, just over one in five persons in the world – travelling around the globe.
2018 saw 1.4 billion international travelers across the globe, with an increase in destinations such as the Middle East, Africa, Asia, The Pacific, and Europe.
In 10 years from now
Travel will have drastically changed, let alone 20 years from now. Futurologist Ray Hammond predicts the number of airline passengers will double by 2040, and consumers will demand a faster and more efficient travel experience.
In his report The World in 2020, Ray Hammond predicts instant check-ins that use facial recognition. The technology, already in experimental use at airports, will become widespread throughout the travel industry. No need for a confirmation number — or ID. Super-fast trains.
High-speed rail will run at speeds above 125 mph and will be mostly computer-managed.
Space as a destination. Tourists will be flying to and from the Moon on a regular basis as they seek the experience of seeing the Earth from space.
We may be in for a rocky ride the next couple of months, but all is not lost. It is important to stay abreast of what is happening across the world and how the outbreak is affecting us globally.
An Interactive Dashboard to keep you in the know
CSSE (Center for System Science) at John Hopkins have created an interactive dashboard to track COVID-19 spread in real-time on our with data available for download.
Thank you and please share your experience with us, we can make it through this in solidarity!