Before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the covid-19 pandemic last March, Venezuela had a sustained growth in national tourism, registering in the last season an internal mobilization of more than 10 million people.
This was reported by the Minister for Tourism, Félix Plasencia, at a press conference. This represented a large number and with the recent flexibilization of services and places related to tourist activity, the National Executive and the unions seek to resume the growth path with a process of adaptation in tourism, which includes compliance with the measures of biosecurity and time slots.
This reactivation includes inns, hotels, beaches, spas, amusement and theme parks, cable cars, public places in open spaces, drive-ins and outdoor activities, in which the following must be observed: distancing, the use of masks and other biosafety measures, which will be "permanently reviewed and observed to ensure compliance," said the minister.
Plasencia stressed that this "responsible flexibility" is the result of the working groups that have been held with service providers to build a route, "always with health prevention and the government's safe commitment. That we have a very encouraging number (of infections) compared to other nations ”, allows us to implement this strategy in favor of the playful meeting and the distraction of the Venezuelan people, he stressed.
Tourist services are authorized on the beaches and spas between 7:00 in the morning and 3:00 in the afternoon. In this strip there are also the clubs; the parks should only operate from 2:00 to 6:00 in the afternoon and the cable cars from 9:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon.
The economic-tourist activity is made up of several subsectors such as lodging that includes hotels and inns, and gastronomy. The Vargas, Miranda, Falcón and Nueva Esparta states are four of the regions with the greatest tourist infrastructure, with a high demand from national and international visitors annually.
Prepared service providers
The president of the Venezuelan Association of Recreational Clubs (AVCR), Raúl Cohen, also asserted in a radio interview that during the quarantine period, all the country's clubs have prepared and created contingency plans with “cutting-edge health protocols” and high level, thinking about the future reactivation of tourist activities; He believes that we must learn to live with the reality that has prevailed in the last seven months.
Recently, Lorena Lin, Secretary for Tourism of the Government of Miranda state, announced that they were meeting with the subsectors of the area to consolidate a controlled methodology of activities.
Global impact on tourism
The United Nations (UN) warned that tourism has been "devastated" by the pandemic that has caused restrictions mainly on travel; indicates that millions of jobs are at risk and that at the beginning of 2020 tourist mobility was reduced by more than half.
Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the UN, explains that tourism is one of the major export categories, preceded by fuels and the business of chemical products. He reports that this sector employs one in ten people worldwide and provides livelihoods for hundreds of millions of others.
In that order, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) states that between 100 and 120 million direct tourism jobs are at risk. On the other hand, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) believes that the impact of the coronavirus on tourism will cause a loss of 1,5 to 2,8% of world GDP.
The UNWTO adds that the tourism industry is a very important development engine and in the middle of the year issued its guidelines and recommendations for flexibility. He emphasizes that this must be oriented to vigilance, responsibility and international cooperation.
Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary general of the organization, pointed out that, if travel restrictions are reduced “responsibly and at the right time”, this will allow the many social and economic benefits generated by tourism to be recovered in a sustainable way. .
Regarding travel, the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, announced last October 15 that, by the end of December, they will allow international flights from Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Turkey. “By December we will have a flight from the Dominican Republic, it is already established; We will have a flight from Mexico, it is already established; we will have the direct flight from Turkey ”, said by Venezolana de Televisión.
Some nations have high demands for tourism and hospitality services, and it is these countries that are most exposed to outbreaks and a slower recovery. Specifically in Europe, they began to open the borders with little encouraging results given the increase in infections.
Spain established security protocols and until mid-June registered no outbreaks, however, in recent weeks the country has recorded thousands of new cases, which has forced its authorities to impose new restrictions.
A similar picture is evident in Great Britain, whose government imposed a 14-day quarantine on travelers. Austria, on the other hand, saw an outbreak in the resort town of St. Wolfgang in July, and immediately applied time restrictions.
In Latin America, governments like Argentina are seeking to adopt measures to reactivate the sector. At the end of September, the chief of the cabinet of ministers, Santiago Cafiero, said that the intention is to authorize the reactivation of at least the places with little circulation of the virus, and with epidemiological criteria for the care of tourists.
1. Individual responsibility is essential in these cases. If a spa or public place has more people than established, it is advisable to retire.
2. Carrying an antibacterial with you, in a practical bottle, is very useful to reduce the risks of contagion. Very simple initiatives have emerged in recent months.
3. Wearing a mask is vital to prevent any droplet or particle from entering the body, just like glasses.
4. During the stay in the terminals, it is advisable to assess the influx of people and avoid getting close. Being cautious is highly recommended.
5. To make use of fingerprint or biopayment systems, it is important to require the operator to disinfect the capsule.
6. Making recommendations to service providers helps ensure everyone's well-being.
7. Before traveling or going to any public place, it is good to consult reliable sources and official direct channels, to know the conditions, alerts and other aspects regarding a certain place.
8. When arriving at a space or waiting to board a plane, boat or bus, it is necessary to identify posters, signs and other signs that indicate sanitary measures. This reflects confidence in the service.