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PETER MCKENNA: Will COVID-19 decimate Canada's tourism sector?

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Peter McKenna
Guest opinion

It’s no huge stretch to posit that COVID-19 will inflict serious harm on the vitality of Canada’s tourism industry and its many stakeholders. Just try to imagine for a second the loss of revenues from cancelled cruise ship visits alone. Add to that the economic damage from no-shows at Canada’s many campgrounds, historical sites, museums and adventure parks.

There is even some data that suggests that any healthy recovery will have to wait until 2023. Perhaps people won’t want to venture too far until there is a proven vaccine in place.
Indeed, it is a well-established fact that mass tourism (or leisure and hospitality) in general, wherever it may be a pillar of any jurisdiction’s economic sustenance, is highly allergic to uncertainty, instability and insecurity. Most people know that the travelling public is not in the habit of visiting destinations that can jeopardize its personal safety or its ability to flee a dangerous situation on short notice.

Those who study mass tourism in all its manifestations — from grisly genocide tourism to the pedestrian pleasure travel — are well aware that civil unrest, humanitarian disasters (like hurricanes and earthquakes) and political coups all spell major trouble for the travel industry. Moreover, acts of........

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