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Coronavirus (COVID-19): impact on health and hygiene in the tourism industry worldwide - statistics & facts

Beginning in 2020, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic developed into one of the most significant pandemics in recent history, disrupting travel and tourism across the world. Health and hygiene practices were at the forefront of many travelers' minds and the tourism sector had to adapt to accommodate these changing attitudes. Several countries discussed the idea of introducing vaccine passports for international travel, allowing vaccinated people to travel abroad. Although the idea was, in part, intended to relaunch the tourism industry during the pandemic, it also sparked controversy. In 2021, the global share of people supporting vaccine passports for international travel varied by country. Indonesia was the country most in favor of vaccine passports with 86 percent of the survey sample stating so. Businesses in the tourism sector also had to account for the health and hygiene concerns of travelers. This meant introducing stricter practices on things such as cleaning, social distancing, hand sanitization, and more.

What are the main concerns of travelers during COVID-19?

The main concerns of travelers related to the use of digital health passports during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic worldwide had to do with security risks and privacy concerns as of February 2021. Meanwhile, 30 percent of respondents were worried about the lack of transparency and control over the shared data. In conjunction with the concerns over vaccine passports, travelers were also worried about their own health while traveling. As of April 2020, a public poll on the safest type of travel in North America revealed that certain forms of trips were deemed safer than others. Respondents ranked camping as the safest type of trip, while international air travel ranked last. Meanwhile, the share of travelers in 2020 that believed accommodations will need to use the latest technologies to make travelers feel safe during the COVID-19 pandemic was 63 percent.

What are tourism businesses doing to make travelers feel safe during COVID-19?

Hospitality operators around the world have increased heir focus on health and hygiene to make sure travelers feel safe. As of June 2020, the share of hospitality operators who wanted to invest in hygiene classifications as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reached 86 percent. Only 14 percent of hospitality operators stated that they did not want to do this. Additionally, hospitality operators implemented other measures to promote traveler safety. In the same period, the share of hospitality operators who spaced tables and chairs in dining venues at least 1.5 meters apart and frequently disinfected public areas was 93 percent. Furthermore, the share of hospitality operators who set up hand sanitizer stations around their hotels worldwide reached 97 percent as of June 2020.

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