Around 50 countries worldwide are currently closed, and 90 others have limited access to international travelers, as well as other restrictions.
Since the pandemic began a year ago, professionals in the Meetings Industry have been evaluating and reinventing themselves for the new normal, however, the closure of borders has delayed the much-desired recovery.
The 40th edition of Cafecito AFEET from Quintana Roo, had as its theme “Travel Medicine Future Challenges 2021”, with their guest Dr. Jorge Baruch, Director of the “Traveler’s Clinic” at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Dr. Baruch commented that Covid-19 variants that emerged at the end of 2020, intensified the travel restrictions, which, have further revealed the crisis in terms of global authority of the International Health Regulations.
“The goal of this regulation is precisely to avoid these types of travel restrictions due to emerging diseases. They have not been able to unify criteria to reduce restrictions, on the contrary, there are around 122 countries in the world with partial closure,” declared the specialist.
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Incentive trips are the most affected
On the other hand, the new president of SITE (Society of Incentive Travel Excellence) South America Chapter, Sidney Alonso, pointed out that it will take about 2 to 3 years to return to the industry´s normality.
“Incentive trips have completely stopped, because there is no one who would dare to send their employees on a trip, there are not enough vaccines and many destinations are closed to foreigners”, said Sidney Alonso.
Mr. Alonso did mention one advantage, once the incentives market is reactivated, many postponed projects can be rebooked , however, what worries the segment is increase in demand, fewer flights, less hotelavailability and more details to adjust before we go back to normal.