This article discusses the place of tourism in Sri Lanka, and how it is the worst affected industry from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that it hit the country’s tourism industry at a time when it was in need of a disruption to launch a positive change for a stronger recovery.
It describes the informal sector and homestay as dragging down the general tourism industry, and suggests the sector will decline and then go through a reorganisation post COVID-19, as travellers will be more concerned about the health and safety aspects of the lodging they are going to stay.
People’s COVID-19 financial situation will favour value-for-money all-inclusive hotel properties compared to the informal lodging and cheaper alternatives like home-stays and hostels; meanwhile some recent industry surveys show international travellers are less likely to use booking channels like AirBnB and will prefer to stay at well-established hotels and resorts, especially less-crowded ones where they can maintain some form of social distancing.
It also says post-COVID-19 tourists are likely to stay in a single hotel or resort for longer periods, so will favour well-equipped resorts designed to cater to long-term stays.
Some surveys show that demand for vacation homes and serviced apartments will also increase.
The article also says there will be an increase in tourist traffic through travel agents or destination management companies, a demand for wellness and nature tourism, and that shutdowns have given opportunities for the hoteliers to rework their supply chain and internal management strategies.