Supporting local tourism is the need of the hour. As per the reports of the UN World Tourism Organization, globally all the destinations have limited or restricted touristy activities. Around 10% of global GDP is supported by tourism itself and when the industries are shut, there is a huge loss. However, nature needed a situation like this. Over tourism had badly impacted nature and natural resources. Since all the activities were stopped due to the pandemic, nature started to heal itself. This has given rise to sustainable tourism.
If we look around, we will find some places which are solely dependent on foreign tourists to keep their motor running. In places like Indonesia where international tourism is a large contributor, traveling local has a new scope. Being travelers, we should ensure that whenever we spent money traveling, that money goes to the locals and local communities. We can’t estimate the loss this global health issue will create and we also have no idea how long it will last.
Spreading a word for the support of the local communities and their businesses is a great help through which one can contribute to the local tourism industry. Whether you visited a small market place of handicrafts or you stayed locally in a home during your visits, tell your friends and share about your experience in social media. That’s the easiest thing one can do on individual grounds. In these unstable situations where every day feels like a challenge, traveling itself is a big step. Thus, traveling locally is what one should be doing. However, ensure that you don’t carry any infection. Get yourself tested and checked before embarking on any journey.