The tourism industry has been hit the most by the coronavirus pandemic and now the developments in China could give us an idea of how the traveling will look like after the restrictions have been lifted. The Chinese are returning to normal life, which means they are also started to travel again. For now, however, this recovery has the most impact on the internal market.
While most countries are still implementing very tight restrictions to make people stay home, in China the life is slowly going back to normal. Chinese people decided to make up for the time they had lost and went on vacation.
Current trips, however, are different from those before the Covid-19 pandemic. The Chinese prefer using their own means of transport and travel to places close to their residence. They also pay more attention to accommodation, opting for places that don’t pose a risk for their health.
” We didn’t want to travel too far and we didn’t want to use public transport,” says Shan Mingyu in an interview with Skift. – “On site we reserved a villa, that we also disinfected ourselves” – he adds
The prohibition for travel agencies to offer trips between provinces also contributes to this new reality. This doesn’t mean, however, that the famous tourist attractions are empty. Even if visited only by local tourists, most of them are very popular. Chinese media reported crowds of visitors at the Great Wall of China. It seemed that coronavirus never existed.
Even with this shift in the travel profile and due to the huge distances between cities the situation in the airline industry is also improving. As we previously reported, the number of domestic flights in China in March increased by 20.5% to 6533 flights compared to the previous month.
The situation with traveling in China can be a valuable guide for the entire industry. Experts predict that recovery of the tourism will have a similar trend in the whole world. When travel restrictions begin to ease, tourists will most likely focus on domestic travel. International travelling might take more time to recover because it will also depend on world-wide border restrictions and travel bans for foreign citizens.