Impact of Covid-19 on Indian Tourism

The lockdown imposed by the countries has shaken different economic sectors to its core and one of the most affected and devastated sector is tourism industry. According to the report of World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), 100.8 million people lost their jobs which is 31% of the total jobs in this sector due to Covid-19 pandemic. It contributed 10.3% to the global economic GDP which is expected to lower down by 31%. It restricted the movement of various modes of transports such as aviation, railways, buses etc. It has caused reduction in human activities which in turn has affected the hospitality sector that goes hand in hand with the tourism industry.

Talking of Indian Tourism Industry, it is one of the largest service sectors including transportation, hospitality, food and beverage and associated tourism products which is famous for it’s hospitality, welcome, cultural heritage, lifestyles, variety of food and varied geography. The foreigners are largely attracted with the heritage and religious buildings, coastal areas, beaches, temples and a lot many which are yet to be discovered. Apart from these natural sight-seeing, many associated activities are also created so that people coming to this place also give a look at these such as adventure sports. It fascinates the tourists and also give them an enriching and life time experience. It may look as a very side-lined activities but contributes hugely in the promotion of tourism industry in India.

Covid affected this industry very badly which contributed to the global economy significantly and provided employment. Before the pandemic, it was flourishing day by day and touching new heights. The nationwide lockdown imposed by government of India restricted people to roam around freely and gather at one place to control the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2. It also suspended all tourist visas which is now changed time to time with different terms and conditions. The rules and regulations are now not that stringent but there are personal preferences and choices also which matter a lot. It largely depends that how people perceive of that place which they are yet to visit or are visiting. They may think like this that maybe the country they want to visit has lifted all the restrictions but that was the hub of the infection in past times. It was the most affected nation with the novel coronavirus and the healthcare services and system provided are also not that advanced. Also, people present and residing there are also not fully vaccinated which creates the chances of getting contracted with the virus. All these factors are summed up and creates fear in their mind and their fear does not allow them to visit that place.

This is may vary with other countries who have advanced healthcare services, fully vaccinated citizens and which was also not very badly affected with the virus but then there are people who don’t want to take any chances even the slightest one.

So, the conclusion which comes out from considering all the facets, it will not be wrong to say that tourism industry suffered badly. There are many people who lost their jobs, livelihood and much more in these difficult times which cannot be put into words. The suffrage of these people cannot be felt and articulated. Only they know the struggles which are happen to take place every day and the pain it causes. Apart from all these, there are also people who now fear to take a tour which is obvious also. The fear will not be vanished in a day or two. It will take time and so its revival largely depends upon the methods opted by their country officials and the country which they want to visit. It will take more time compared to other industries to restore its former glory.