Pakistan topped up the traveler’s list of the best holiday destination for 2019-2020. Many travellers had planned a trip around the world but because of the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, people cancelled all their trips, which had a significant impact on our tourism economy. Social-Distancing, Self-Isolating, not leaving our houses has just stopped our tourism industry. After COVID-19, will Pakistan remain the best holiday destination, or will it change? I think no, Pakistan will not stay the best holiday destination because the countries that are recovering from COVID-19 like New-Zealand, China, are working on their tourism economy very hard. After the COVID-19 pandemic will finally end, people will not go to places immediately, but when they get normalized, they will prefer to go to places where the recovery rate was better.
Tourists and Their Plans:
People had planned trips to Pakistan for 2020, but the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic started, so they cancelled all their plans and started self-isolating themselves. But what will happen after COVID-19? People will re-schedule their plans and will think that money has no importance, and they will try to visit more places.
Impact on tourism economy:
The United Nations World Tourism Organization said that the tourism economy will decrease around 20/30 % in 2020 and will have a significant impact on the tourism economy across the world. All countries will have a loss of approximately 800-900 billion dollars because of coronavirus. Pakistan tourism economy has a negative impact, and after COVID-19, Pakistan will have to work really hard to get our reputation back.
Business travel is also affected. Those people who travel abroad for business meetings are affected. They cannot work with more prominent clients. After COVID-19 pandemic business travel will increase all across the world. According to a survey, 88% of small businesses owner enjoy business travel. Business mans are under stress due to the present situation and are waiting for the pandemic too end as soon as possible.
Impact on domestic tourism:
For the most part, domestic tourism is not being that affected compared to international tourism, but the visitors are rude to the staff of hotels and restaurants because they are not getting rooms due to government orders. After the pandemic of COVID-19, the tourism economy will have a tremendous positive impact. People would travel a lot because they are bored and want to have some enjoyment. After COVID-19, the government will recommend to wear masks.
Impact on international tourism:
International tourism has been affected most because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
People had made a lot of plans for 2020 to travel all across the world. Those countries which have started airlines are not letting people who do not have masks. After the pandemic international tourism will increase significantly. Those people who have jobs abroad are waiting for the international flights to resume.
Impact on small business:
The small business on the Murree side, Kalam side etc., are being affected because people are not leaving their houses. Due to COVID-19, people are not going to Murree side, and the small businesses are not running well. People used to feed monkeys corn, but nowadays, no one is going to that side. Due to which the corn businesses on the road side are suffering.
Sports tourism is also affected—people who love sports and love to travel for competitions. Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, all the matches have been delayed. After the pandemic of COVID-19, the sports matches will resume. COVID-19 has completely changed the sports criteria. Online racing have been started and internet is playing a major role in sports. As you know, the matches of PSL have been delayed and will restart in November. The rate of domestic and international tourism will increase because of sports.
As the pandemic of COVID-19 is increasing severely. This harms religious tourism. Muslims go to Saudi-Arabia for hajj, but because of C0VID-19, all the religious activities have been cancelled, and after the COVID-19 will finally end, all the religious activities will be resumed. Most of the Sikhs from India come to Pakistan to perform their religious activities in the Gurdwara of Guru Nanak in Kartarpur. But due to the prevailing situation no one is allowed to visit religious places.
Historical tourism is also affected because of coronavirus. People who love history or historical places like Mohenjo-Daro in Sindh and Taxila in Punjab are eagerly waiting for the pandemic to end. After the outbreak of COVID-19, people would travel a lot after being recovered from the present condition.
Medical or health tourism:
COVID-19 is a medical crisis. People who have medical issues that cannot be solved in their country have to travel abroad for their treatment. As COVID-19 has started, they cannot visit for their treatment. The patients are waiting for the pandemic to end so that they can go for their treatment. This will also increase international tourism.
Because of the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic people are trapped in their houses and are disappointed and cancelled their plans of 2020. Many businesses are going through loss, and still, the vaccine is not developed. COVID-19 has severely affected tourism of all types. Pakistan, who has topped up the traveler’s list for the best holiday destination of 2019-2020, is facing many problems in the tourism industry. Pakistan tourism is waiting for the pandemic to end so they can allow tourists and support the economy of the country. In my opinion, after the pandemic, tourism will increase, and Pakistan will have an overflow of tourists.