Tourism for the rest of 2021 and 2022 will ultimately come down to one thing: How safe will travelers feel? Safety will include some key elements such as infection & vaccination rates, public safety and strong public health systems
If the infection rates in a nation are already extremely low, or if nearly everyone is vaccinated, the results are the same: There’s very little chance that visitors will be infected by someone living there. If we can also ensure visitors are vaccinated, the chances of either infecting, or getting infected will minimize.
1-2. Australia and New Zealand
These are examples of nations that have almost eliminated COVID-19 as a major internal threat. According to the latest Johns Hopkins data, their infection rate per 100,000 people (100K rate) is 114 for Australia and 49 for New Zealand. The 100K infection rate for the United States is 8,800—almost 180 times that of New Zealand!
3. Southeast Asia
This section has very low 100K infection rates: Vietnam (3), Thailand (38), Hong Kong (147), Hong Kong (147), Malaysia (971), and Singapore (1,052). Many cruise ships traveled to these places before the pandemic. Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore specialize in medical tourism and have hospitals with Western-trained physicians that rival the best of ours. While these nations are not very far in providing vaccinations, they have the resources to vaccinate in at least the tourist areas very quickly.
4. The Med and the Middle East
This is the third region that will probably prove to be very popular for tourism by summer. Israel leads the world in vaccinations, with 58% of its residents already vaccinated. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is second, with 35% of its residents already vaccinated. A great option for those looking for a destination with high percentages of its residents already vaccinated!
Japan (100K rate of only 346) is likely to pursue early tourism by ships and trains aggressively to take advantage of the infrastructure improvements it made for the Olympics. Circumnavigation cruises around Japan will hopefully go mainstream for the first time, and may include stops in Okinawa and in South Korea.
Our hope, as many of other’s, is that once more nations begin to increase their vaccination rates, more and more repositioning cruises will start to visit more nations. If you’re still unsure which destination is the perfect pick for you, and your family, make sure you give us a call today and Let’s Get Busy Livin’!