The ensuing pandemic is the worst ever encountered in the history of travel industry caused by the Covid-19 or Corona Virus. The travel and hospitality industry has been brought to a standstill. Airports have been closed and boarders sealed with no Safari Van moving as it used to be. Following the orders put in place to contain the diffusion of the novel virus, towns and cities have been abandoned, people have been contained in their homes and with no idea about when the situation will normalize.
African safaris is currently one of hardest-hit by the covid-19 pandemic outbreak. It is a big blow to the wildlife reserves that rely on their revenue and the local people employed in the safari industry. With all the lockdowns and containment in our homes for some months, covid-19 pandemic has reoriented our relationship to the outside world and to each other.
It has swept throughout the world like a harbor wave, showing no sides, infecting people regardless of their wealth or class, seeking attention and putting aside any attempts to deliver business as usual. people have been seen spending more time together, growing there own vegetables and buying necessities from local shops and farms. People have come to realize that life can be lived differently.
For the industry to recover from this challenge of covid-19 pandemic , travelers will need to feel safe and assured that their health is protected. There will be a shift to touch-less travel from the air pots to hotel check-in with strict cleaning protocols. Exchanging of travel documents over counters and touching surfaces through check-in will be stopped. New health protocols and bio-metrics technologies will be implemented to restore trust in travelers.
More touch-less options like contactless finger print, touch-less document scanner, digital passports, voice commands, Iris and face recognition scanners across the entire sector are expected to become the new norm, to help increase passengers feelings of safety when thinking of traveling after the covid-19 pandemic crisis.
Lives have changed. Shaking hands and touching face is now a big threat. Washing, disinfecting, sanitizing hands and other objects thoroughly is now the new norm of living we have to adopt. Human contact is now one of the greatest feared gesture, replaced by social distancing in order to contain and prevent the spread of the virus.
Every home and businesses have to now put up sanitizing stations in their premises. Travel industry will be on board again but things will not be the same. It will have to increase passengers’ feelings of safety while on their safaris through proper implementation of new health protocols. It’s the new norm that we must adopt for our own good.
This being the overall key to client protection and to an infection free world following the novel covid-19 pandemic, a number of safety measures will be implemented. Physical distancing in the restaurants, dinning and sitting rooms, in all hotel rooms, all travel means and in conference halls will be practiced. Implementation of sanitizing stations at every entry and exit points of clients. Everyone will play a role in protecting themselves. Amidst of all this, you will still be welcomed with a warm smile.
These are seen as classy services offered to those guests who might have an extra coin to get themselves spoilt. With this new practice, hotels will be able to avoid direct contact with the visitors. Concierge desks will help to minimize the rate of infection spray if any through implementation of express check-ins and check-outs. Through this practice, contact tracing will be easy if unfortunately there’s any virus case .
A lot of things have changed amid the spread of covid-19 virus. Money being one form of contact that is very risky, contactless and digital payment methods have become a more preferred payment method in so many countries Uganda being inclusive. The methods are more secure because they require less physical interactions.
Ugandans have already begun to reconsider the cash they handle every day. By making digital mobile money transfer payment method very effective, guests will be able to make money transactions without a single exchange at hand. This will help to minimize the possibility of virus spread.
For a long time, the most important document that one required to travel to a particular country was a passport and a Visa. Vaccine certificates were also required by so many countries but minus the health certificate. This time, the health certificate is among the vital documents any traveler should have before thinking of going on a safari. No country would want to receive in a traveler who will put it’s citizens at the risk of getting effected with covid-19 virus.
A lot of efforts has been required. People have been contained for a long time period. It has really cost us a lot. We have found and adopted new methods of living. We have managed doing our safaris online and video cams as our new tour guides. All what we are wishing for is to overcome this pandemic crisis and to get our normal life back. Our normal traveling to destinations we want. Going on safaris we love.
Embracing new cultures, hooking with family and new friends so that we watch wildlife together. But for the time being, let us embrace our new norms . Uganda is ready to warmly receive you. Do not let this pandemic crisis be a threat to you and cancel your safari with us, Do not let it limit your wishes as well as your happiness. Instead of cancelling your safari tour with us, just postpone it.
Here we are awaiting to receive you and take you to your dream safari, your most welcome with open arms.
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