Tourism On Vent
WRITTEN BY CH. FAISAL MAHMOOD
We haven’t seen in our 40 plus years of publication such devastating impact of any menace on travel, hotel, cruise, airline, and ever-increasing world tourism and on world visitor’s economy. The tourism industry all over the world from one end to another has entered into an unprecedented, unparallel and matchless crisis since World War 2. The horrifying thing is that the duration and devastating impact of the killer virus is still unknown. So when the world is running for Vents, the tourism industry of the world has gone on Vent.
As we mentioned that the Tourism industry of the whole world, from the Arctic region to Thailand is feeling the impact. Those places on the beautiful planet of Allah where there was no place to sit, the overbooked hotels, fully loaded cruise ships, fully occupied beach resorts, mountains full of mountaineers, underground and overground trains and buses all are giving deserted look.
The situation is so grave that an astounding one million jobs are being lost every day in the tourism sector and up to 75 million jobs are at immediate risk in global tourism due to this pandemic. The alarming figure, based on research from WTTC, shows a punishing tourism GDP loss to the world economy of up to US$2.1 trillion or more in 2020.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), The Pacific Asia Tourism Association(PATA) and The International Air Transport Association (IATA) are appealing and requesting the governments and world banks to come forward and pump in trillions of dollars to save the tourism, hospitality and aviation institutions and organizations form complete collapse.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that airlines could lose up to $113 billion if the coronavirus spread continues unabated.
At Home! In Pakistan situation is not much different than other parts of the world every single travel and tourism organization either closed or planning to close down including PIA and PakistanRailways. SOS Calls for economic support in the shape of packages are being raised by TAAP and PHA. Chairman Pakistan Hotels Association has appealed to the PM Pakistan that Hotels are in dire need of relief due to the heavy and direct impact of Coronavirus outbreak resultantly many are pulling down their shutters so rescue the hospitality sector by releasing their burden of utility bills, social security, EOB1, Property Tax, and many more local taxes.
The governments, whither Federal or provincials are behaving strangely and in the state of Panic. Right now, they are trying to pressure the doctor’s Kits, our front line warriors of coronavirus and other basic test kits. Neglected for years, as usual, the turn of the tourism industry will come late so this time again, the sector should ‘Wait for Allah’ Help.