Asian Nations have Answers for what the Future of Tourism Might Look Like

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  • COVID-19 is devastating (and will continue to devastate) the international tourism market. The UN World Tourism Organization estimates that tourism will decline by 80 percent this year from 2019.
  • Some countries -- particularly ones in the east, where economies are less diverse and tourism is inherently more important -- are getting creative with their tourism initiatives.
  • Australia and New Zealand are creating a "travel bubble" to emphasize regional safety and viability.
  • Thailand is considering special tourism resorts that double as quarantine zones.
  • Regardless of what other countries do or don't do, many experts are waiting to see how China policies its citizens, as China is the world's largest market for outgoing tourism.