Like us, you have probably been watching the global COVID-19 pandemic unfold with a combination of horror and disbelief. With nearly 3 million people infected across more than 200 countries worldwide, this is a global disaster that’s without precedent in modern times.
As the World Health Organisation (WHO) puts it, “the world has never faced this scale of challenge before. COVID-19 is a truly global crisis, and the only way to overcome it is together, in global solidarity.”
Tourism is one of the industries closest to the epicentre of this disaster, and has been severely shaken. Countries have been closing their borders, flights have been grounded, hotels have shut their doors and travellers are (rightly) staying home. The impact of COVID-19 on our sector will likely reverberate for years to come.
We’re doing everything we can to mitigate the damage of these events and weather the storm. Panorama Destination is working with governments in each of our locations, cooperating with colleagues in the industry, adhering to the advice of global governing bodies and making sacrifices closer to home. In Indonesia, we’ve donated our fleet of vehicles to support health workers in their fight to contain the spread of the virus. Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, we’re watching the news patiently for signs of progress.
There are already reasons to be optimistic. Travel restrictions are being lifted and tourism is taking its first tentative steps towards recovery. In just the last few days, Indonesian officials have set a date for reopening hotels in Bali and even projected a tourism boom for 2021; Malaysia has laid out a roadmap for recovery in the tourism sector; Thailand is ready to reopen several major tourism hot spots, projecting a major uplift from the return of Chinese tourists in Q3/Q4; and Vietnam’s aviation sector is providing discounted flights for the next year in an effort to stimulate travel.
After months of darkness and desolation, this news looks to us like the coming of Spring. On behalf of everyone at Panorama Destination, thank you for your understanding and your support during these dark days. We look forward to emerging from this crisis, to rebuilding and enjoying a brighter future together.
In the meantime: stay healthy, stay home, and hopefully we’ll see you soon.