Sunday, April 19, 2020

Tourism post Covid-19



The Covid-19 pandemic will open up new market models while closing down many obsolete ones. All at once, the world is tightly connected to a singular issue 24/7. This has and will continue to open the eyes of many and therefore the minds to accepting other cultures and at the same time discerning.

Some of the most safest places previously, no longer hold the records, broken by the pandemic exposure. Many will be seeking 'safer' and 'healthier' places to spend their vacation or retirement years. The performance of each country's health systems during the Covid-19 episode will count in tourism and travel considerations. The respect for the local populace's adherence to measures countering the pandemic will also count.

While it is still too early to conclude the winners, clear losers are a-many. Some populations have proven themselves of their idiocies, racism and recalcitrances. And many others their resilience, obedience, respect and kindness. While this is being written, Malaysia has been climbing the charts in a good way with recovery rate of 59.32% and a reasonably good population behaviour record.

A lower death rate than many developed countries.


TRAVEL to respect and experience the mindfulness of foreign cultures may not come as a surprise in the near future once we get over the fear of inflight viruses. TRAVEL to stay for a period of time to absorb and live the positive local life nuances.

EXTENDED STAYS will be the new hot product for hotels in competition with AirBNB. Retirement Villages should break down the life lease model into term leases and allow a healthy global resident population mix. Multi-culturalism will be more accepted overall.

Quality of life prevails in the new era post Covid-19. Gracias.



Kenneth Tan is an advocate for better quality senior living projects development in Malaysia, the country already being a favourite retirement destination pre Covid-19; will be an even more attractive destination thereafter.

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