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Can the 2019-nCoV outbreak turn out to be a boost for Sustainable Tourism?

Hello everyone,

Confused, nervous, bored, angry … are my feelings these days. Indeed, together with the unpredicted things happening around, the more news I read the more uneasy I feel. But there is one thing that I strongly believe: our TOURIST project will be desperately needed for the post-epidemic tourism. Why?

  • From what has happened on the Diamond Princess’s board 1, I don’t think people would support those luxurious journeys anymore.
  • From the fatal threat of air-conditioned spaces 2, I don’t think travelers would feel OK with old-fashioned, box-shaped hotel rooms.
  • From the long queues of people waiting for purchasing masks to the empty shelves in supermarkets around the world, it has revealed how fragile our human society is. Then, should we reconsider our current lifestyles, our unjust behaviors toward the natural environment, and our ways of travelling?

Just sharing a few of my thoughts. Do you argree with me? And are there any ways that help us to actively promote Sustainable Tourism in the after mark of this epedemic?

Truc Nguyen   

(1) Please read more at:

 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/22/world/asia/coronavirus-japan-cruise-ship.html

(2) Please see:

 https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/coronavirus-turn-off-air-conditioners-and-open-windows-to-reduce-risk-of-being

Hi Truc, thank you for sharing your minds!

I would agree with you and say that this situation is showing us how unprepared and vulnerable we are and how we deal with global problems. We could mention "sustainability" here as a global problem. But it should be our chance to take advantage of it and promote good values and opportunities for sustainable tourism.

Can you see any change in thinking or perception of locals and tourists towards sustainable tourism after this problem? If not, what do you think, how can we change the perception of locals or tourists in SE Asia?

Thanks 🙂
Adis

Adis Krdzalic

FH Joanneum

Institut für Bank und Versicherungswirtschaft

adis.krdzalic@fh-joanneum.at

Dear Truc Nguyen, dear Adis,

I not only agree very much, even more: I feel very much confirmed in my way of thinking which turned into a full paper for the bangkok conference.

The title is:

Pandemics – Threat or even indispensable for Sustainable Tourism? A Systemic Approach to re-conceptualize the Meaning of the “Corona Virus” for the Resilience of the Global Tourism System.
There I argue that the mainstream approach of maximizing growths by enforcing efficiency while economizing preventive measures of protections against potential threats
leads to growing vulnerability of these complex networks due to their lack of resilience. In the paper (and the conference presentation) I will show that sustainability without resilience is a fundamental contradiction. In order to correct this deficit, long-term SWOT analyses and further research about crisis prevention in tourism are recommended.

More about this at the conference 😉

But I am already keen about your ideas!

Bye, Harry

Ceterum censeo mutationem climae esse vincendem.

(Incidentally, I think that global warming must be defeated) 

 

Prof. (FH) Mag. Mag. Dr. Harald A. Friedl
Assoc. Professor for Sustainability and Ethics in Tourism
Institute for  Health and Tourism Management
FH JOANNEUM - University of Applied Sciences
Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Straße 24
8344 Bad Gleichenberg, Austria
Phone office +43-316/5453-6725
Phone mobil: +43-699/191.44.250
eMail: harald.friedl@fh-joanneum.at
Web: www.fh-joanneum.at/GMT

 

Dear Harry, thank you for your support.
It would be nice if you could add your topics/titles for the Bangkok conference to the following category:

https://tourist.fh-joanneum.at/network/forum/educational-offers-events-and-presentations-on-covid-19-and-st/

Thank you! 🙂
Best, Adis

Adis Krdzalic

FH Joanneum

Institut für Bank und Versicherungswirtschaft

adis.krdzalic@fh-joanneum.at

Dear friends, please check the little survey (one question)  about how the Corona-crisis will influence the general  environmental behaviour after the end of the crisis.
Please give your short vote here:

https://www.tourist.fh-joanneum.at/network/topic/is-the-coronavirus-crisis-benefiting-the-environment/#postid-164

Thanks, Harry

Ceterum censeo mutationem climae esse vincendem.

(Incidentally, I think that global warming must be defeated) 

 

Prof. (FH) Mag. Mag. Dr. Harald A. Friedl
Assoc. Professor for Sustainability and Ethics in Tourism
Institute for  Health and Tourism Management
FH JOANNEUM - University of Applied Sciences
Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Straße 24
8344 Bad Gleichenberg, Austria
Phone office +43-316/5453-6725
Phone mobil: +43-699/191.44.250
eMail: harald.friedl@fh-joanneum.at
Web: www.fh-joanneum.at/GMT