Cities as we know them are under attack thanks to Covid-19. Their growth, sustainability and ability to attract investment, tourism and talent are extremely vulnerable during times of crisis.
When Covid hit the Netherlands in 2020, Amsterdam emptied of visitors overnight. Long-term residents, inured to the permanent noise and litter and tourists peeing in the streets, welcomed the newfound tranquillity. The pandemic, they told the Washington Post, was “a blessing in disguise”.
International travel restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic have prompted many travel enthusiasts to explore local and regional tourist destinations. However, communities have been affected very differently by increased numbers of homegrown tourists.
Many prime real estate markets in the West saw a boom due to people’s rapidly changing priorities.
The MICE sector has been a major driver for inward investment, but must adapt and evolve to serve shifting needs and demands. Might innovations undertaken in Singapore serve as a best practice case study for the future of business travel post-Covid-19?
In normal years, the events industry pumps millions of dollars into local economies. Now empty hotels and convention centres are an epicentre for lost jobs and revenue.
This young activist believes that historic preservation shouldn't get in the way of making cities safer.
For cities and towns that recently worried about overtourism, the coronavirus pandemic brought a serious shock to the system.