15 October, 2021

AIEST Consensus on tourism and travel in the SARS-CoV-2 era and beyond

 A recent Consensus of the AIEST - International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism - provides a structured overview of the opportunities and challenges arising from the pandemic and its aftermath for the various actors in tourism.

On the occasion of their Anniversary Conference 2021 in Lucerne (Switzerland), the AIEST has produced an assessment of future developments of tourism against the backdrop of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The focus was on four questions:

·        (Q1) How will future demand develop, regionally and internationally?

·        (Q2) Which developments from outside the tourism system will (a) provide opportunities or (b) pose challenges for tourism respectively?

·        (Q3) Which developments from within the tourism system will (a) provide opportunities or (b) pose challenges for tourism respectively?

·        (Q4) Which would be meaningful future research avenues?

The report addresses these four questions through more than 20 thematic sections and a dozen potential future research questions, thereby providing a structured guideline for dealing with the immediate and, in some cases, more distant future.

You can download this report for free at: https://www.aiest.org/news/covid-reports/.

If you have questions or remarks, get in touch with me at christian.laesser@unisg.ch.

16 August, 2021

What kind of business travel will "survive" the pandemic?

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has also brought business travel to a standstill. Estimates are that 20% - 50% will never return. How big the collapse will be at the end of the day is of little interest, as conditions for such trips are still very volatile. It is much more important to consider what attributes of a "business" are likely to continue to drive travel in the future.

29 March, 2021

The future of tourism with and after SARS-CoV-2: Situation assessment and tactical as well as strategic considerations

The Research Center for Tourism and Transport at the University of St. Gallen (which I lead) - together with colleagues from practice and academia - has made a third situation assessment on the topic of "Tourism in Times of Pandemic". The nearly thirty theses (see below) presented there allow only one conclusion: The transition period to normality, which will hopefully begin soon, will be bumpy and take a long time, but it will also open up many new opportunities. But there will be a New Normal in which tourism once again becomes an international growth factor, because travel is a basic need.

You can find this report (in German!) at