Together as a community, the travel and hospitality industry need to join hands and work towards the new future, inclusive and engaging. Help the small businesses get back on their feet, give back to the local community, motivate repatriation by gainful employment to those who return home to their families and roots, act consciously, build a community-first and environment-first sustainable business model, now more than ever. Our fear and worry are justified but we need to find opportunity and solution. Being local also ensures a reliable source of supplies and workforce in our businesses and provide us with a sense of belonging to the local community. Although precipitated by an unfortunate event, the mass exodus provides the opportunity to kick old business practices and focus more on a sustainable business model. It is the right thing to do.
Together we can make a difference. Our collective efforts in the battle against the current crisis are a testament to a safe, comfortable, hospitable and clinically clean environment we can offer to our guests while working along with our single-minded staff who worked diligently to put all measures in place and the small businesses who enthusiastically embraced our protocol recommendations in true partnership. It is time for us to now give back to them and make all this effort worthwhile.
Fred Rogers rightly said, “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”
Text Credits: Swati Makkar