One unexpected opportunity the COVID-19 crisis has brought to Asia is some time to rethink sustainable travel. While visitors are staying away, wildlife has been spotted around the region’s deserted seas and beaches more than ever than before.
Phuket’s shoreline is seeing rare leatherback sea turtles and dugongs have been seen near Trang.
The sudden disappearance of tourists from Asia’s popular destinations is exposing the many issues mass tourism has brought to the region. But while bringing the chance to plan ahead, the fear is that sustainability may not be the priority compared to saving jobs.
Meanwhile in the absence of tourists, many beauty spots such as Bali, Bangkok and Phuket will once again become desirable for domestic visitors, while less known destinations have time to reinvent themselves to foreign visitors.