“After the Covid, tourism will pick up again. It is important that this rebound does not take place on identical bases ”

Tribune. The pandemic caused by the coronavirus is an unprecedented disaster in the history of tourism. We can already draw three lessons from this.

The crisis first confirmed to what extent tourism was a fact of civilization – an almost universal desire – occupying a notable, even central, place in our lives, in our cities, in our economy, in our relationship to the world, well. far from the consumerist whim, negligible and contemptible, to which certain fine minds reduce this activity. We miss tourism when we are prevented from doing so by pandemic, disease, age or insufficient financial means. And, if there is one area where we cannot do without face-to-face mode, it is tourist practice.

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This crisis will have caused damage on a considerable scale, which will permanently affect entire sections of the economy, everywhere in the world: there will be opportunities to start over on different bases.

The whole world has converted to it

This need for refoundation is not only the result of the current crisis, which has only amplified an already obvious need. For years. Until 2019, excesses of all kinds had, at least in part, been concealed by uninterrupted growth: saturation of territories which, like the Balearics, already felt that they were becoming too dependent on a tourist activity which the yield decreased; weariness of the inhabitants of many places, who saw the tourists upset more and more important parts of their daily universe; saturation, finally, of the planet, threatened by global warming and the growing influence of men on fragile ecosystems.

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All this is the product of an insufficiently regulated system, turned towards an unreasonable and irresponsible “always more”, even if it was more and more disguised under the often deceptive clothes of “sustainable tourism”.

But wanting to reinvent tourism does not mean ignoring global realities: changing places for pleasure, in the context of their free time, is no longer the prerogative of a wealthy minority of the population. The whole world has converted to it; in developing countries, access to tourist practices is one of the criteria for raising the standard of living; thus there are now more Chinese and Indian tourists than European and American tourists.

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