COVID-19, the good, the bad and the ugly

COVID-19, the good, the bad and the ugly

COVID-19 is a global pandemic, but it is unevenly spread around the world. In some countries the worst has passed for now, in others the situation is worsening. As we shall see, some tourism has returned with ugly consequences. The COVID-19 pandemic is still growing.

Covid-19, the good, the bad and the ugly

While some destinations are opening, others are locking down further. In this edition of RT News, we have the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of COVID-19 and some ideas about recovery and renewal.

How does the travel and tourism sector become more resilient in the face of COVID-19?

YouGov polls have revealed the unwillingness of people to travel abroad and allow foreign tourists in. Another poll found that nearly two-thirds of the British public (64%) would not feel safe travelling by plane currently, up from 40% on 8 June.

Destinations are responding by being a little more selective about whom they seek to attract. We have examples from Kerala, Bordeaux, Colorado and the Isle of Wight.

The impact on tourism in South Africa and The Gambia has been devastating and we have an honest piece from an industry colleague about the impact on his mental health. The Ugly is the return of the party tourists to Magaluf and the negative impacts of over-tourism.

There is now so much news Responsible Tourism News will be published fortnightly on or around the 15th and at the end of each month.

WRT awards


This year’s World Responsible Tourism Awards have been adapted to recognise businesses, individuals, destinations and organisations which have taken responsibility to address the challenge of COVID-19. Find out more about the Awards and nominate online by the end of July.

Only those nominated can be recognised by the judges, you can nominate yourself and others, and you can nominate as many as you wish.

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Harold is WTM’s Responsible Tourism Advisor, he puts together the flagship Responsible Tourism programme at WTM London which attracted 4000 participants in 2020 and the programmes run at WTM Africa, WTM Latin America and Arabian Travel Market. Harold has worked on 4 continents with local communities, their governments and the inbound and outbound tourism industry. He is Managing Director of the Responsible Tourism Partnership and chairs the panels of judges for the World Responsible Tourism Awards and the other Awards in the family, Africa, India and Latin America. Harold works with industry, local communities, governments, and conservationists and undertakes consultancy and evaluations for companies, NGOs, governments, and international organisations. He is also a Director of the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he is an Emeritus Professor, and Founder Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism promotes the principles of the Cape Town Declaration which he drafted.

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