In just the span of a few months in 2020 the world has shifted drastically, since the onset of the unexpected but devastating COVID19 crisis. As of April 2020, over nine in ten people on the planet, or 7.1. Billion people lived in countries with ‘lockdown’ & travel restrictions in place. 39% of the global population were residing in countries that completely closed their borders for non-citizens and non-residents.
Out of the 52 countries in Africa, the most affected countries were South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Cote D’ivoire, Djibouti and Guinea.
Yet, despite the apparent success of lockdowns in slowing the spread of COVID-19, the measures implemented have shattered economies, livelihoods even more in the long run. Indeed, the Travel & Tourism sector has already been tremendously impacted as hundreds of countries suspended flights or halted international travel. Many businesses were forced to close on a temporary basis, often escalating into permanent closures, unfortunately.
NomadAfrica shares our heartfelt sympathy for those affected and now bearing these burdens or repercussions of this crisis and the severe lockdowns. Our sincere appreciation for those still supporting on the frontlines.
Research indicates that anxiety about contracting the virus was high at the height of the crisis. With 90% of the global population staying home in fear of the virus itself.
However as most countries are now emerging from the lockdowns, NomadAfrica is conducting the below opinion poll to establish if these travel concerns are still the case, analyse the travel community’s perceptions of the lockdowns in general and gauge how ready the travel community is to get back to the travel ‘normal’.
We would appreciate hearing your views on this.
IMPORTANT: This survey is purely for research purposes, none of your personal details are required or used. The data and findings are part of our independent research, which is not sponsored, conducted or influenced by any government or political body.
Experts of course also have their own theories and forecasts. The UNWTO conducted a global survey among its UNWTO Panel of Tourism Experts on the impact of COVID-19 on tourism and the expected time of recovery. The survey was conducted during the first week of October 2020 and these were the results:
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