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TTC Special:  Caribbean tourism needs “revenge trips”

Cayman Island. Photo: koolkisses07/Pixabay.

By Frank Martin

Is really a revenge trip an act of tourists to make up for lost time due to the global pandemic?

Experts don’t know the answer but are sure that this kind of trips could be good for global tourist destinations thirsty for resources to regain the rhythm of their economies after Covid-19 very hart epidemy.

The term “revenge trips” appears at first glance as a novelty element of tensions films.

But a second glance may reveal an overall cornerstone of the recovery of the entertainment industry around the world.

It can be recognized that such “revenge” can be very convenient in that sense.

A hospitality specialist Tina Edmundson, Marriott International’s director of global marketing and brand, told an international magazine that she sees the “journey of revenge” as the act of making up for lost time, as well as the opportunities that vanished from vacationers who stayed. at home throughout the epidemic by restricting her desire to go on an international tour.

The reasons for tourism do not lie only in using the free time but also in achieving other essential objectives for the psychological balance of an individual.

Some of those purposes are to explore new destinations and cultures, meet again with distant friends and family, or discover surprising realities far from the so-called common everyday lives.

Edmunson estimated that millions of those people, changed because of the lockdowns the definition of “desire to travel” to other:  “need to do so.”

A healthy “revenge” against the coronavirus would be to go for a walk around the world.

Experts believe that the urgent and welcome need to travel is higher today than ever before. And in these cases, such demand from each individual’s ego can favor destinations such as the Caribbean, which are fully reopening.

The most accurate analyzes of worldwide tourism situation specially in Latin America and the Caribbean demonstrate this.

The very respectable ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) considered in a recent analysis that tourism has been one of the economic sectors most affected in the Caribbean region by Covid-19.

According to the entity, the decline in this sector could lead to a drop in GDP growth in the Caribbean and Latin America of 8 and 1 percentage points, respectively, when the pandemic definitively recedes.

Currently, despite the high “resentment against the pandemic” that feeling could grow more because of the risky omicron.

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a technical report on the variant of the SarsCov-2 virus discovered on November 24 in South Africa.

The WHO disclosed that the risk to the world is very high, if such variants have the potential to be more resistant to immunization and could be more contagious.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom issued a recommendation to the 194 UN member states to take appropriate action.

These would increase surveillance measures and speed up the vaccination process, especially in the population that has not yet received at least one dose.

The global health sectors, at least as of this writing, were uncertain whether or not this strain is more contagious or more lethal than others.

For the time omicron is another obstacle before humanity and within it before tourism.

Hopefully this surprising strain is not relentless with the reopening that is currently expanding on the planet in such needy regions as the Caribbean.

And that its only effect be to strengthen those healthy and long awaited “revenge trips”,


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