Travel and tourism are two of the industries being hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the heavy travel bans and restrictions in place to protect our health and safety. This crisis will eventually pass and we will all return to normality and we can begin, once again, travelling to our favourite destination or staying at the hotel that we love or even just eating out at our regular Friday night restaurant. However, to make sure all of these things are still possible later, we must do what we can to support the tourism sector right now. Below are some of the best ways to do that:
Postpone Instead of Cancelling
If you can afford it, you should consider pushing any trips you had planned back instead of cancelling them altogether. This can make a huge difference for airlines, hotels and service providers in the tourism industry who are struggling to stay afloat during this pandemic. What’s more, having a trip to look forward to when this whole crisis is over is likely to be a great benefit for you as well. During difficult times like these, it’s important to focus on the positive and remember that life will eventually return to normal. A nice trip away or a holiday may be exactly the kind of light at the end of the tunnel that you need.
Buy Gift Cards
If a loved one’s birthday is coming up or perhaps you have a special anniversary around the corner, a gift certificate may be the ideal gift to give right now. Since we can’t do anything outside of our own homes to celebrate milestones or occasions right now, a gift card for a weekend away or perhaps a travel voucher are both perfect ways to ensure that you’ll get to mark the occasion properly once this health crisis has passed. And again, we could all probably use a nice break or trip to look forward to right now!
Think about How you can Support the Sectors that Rely on Tourism
Many different businesses and organisations are shifting the way that they operate in order to stay afloat right now. Below is just a few examples of how you can support the travel industry without actually travelling:
- Get a contact-free delivery from a local restaurant. The hospitality industry heavily relies on tourism so we have to support our local cafes and restaurants more than ever.
- Buy gift cards for a local restaurant or entertainment venue.
- Brisbane Airport has launched an online marketplace to help its stores survive. You can buy everything from electronics to fashion items to cosmetics and much more.
- Qantas also sells a large range of merchandise, homeware and electronics.
- Voucher websites like RedBalloon also sell gifts, hampers, food and wine for the perfect indulgent night in.
These are just a few examples of the ways in which you can support some organisations. We encourage you to get in touch with your usual or preferred service providers in the tourism industry and see what you can do to support them. Even just a small gesture can make a big difference.
Social Media and Google Reviews
This one is easy and free but still very effective! If you’ve had any positive experiences with a hotel, Airbnb, resort, travel company, restaurant, destination or anything, really, within the tourism sector, it’s important that you give feedback. Posting on social media about how much of a good job an organisation did or leaving a glowing Google review can really help to boost the profile of that service provider and get people talking. When this crisis is over, companies are going to need to see a big spike in business and their income, and the best way to ensure that that happens is by making sure they remain on people’s radars and everyone knows how amazing their services are.
At Adagold Aviation, we are saddened by the challenges faced by the travel and tourism industry right now, but we are also confident that we will rebuild and come out the other side of this crisis stronger and more resilient than ever before. For humanitarian aid, freight forwarding and various other transportation services you may require during this time, get in touch with us today.