'It's catastrophic': Fiji's colossal tourism sector devastated by coronavirus
Many nations around the world count on tourism for a substantial portion of their GDP. In Fiji, tourism accounts for nearly 40% of GDP. The social and economic consequences of suspension of travel in the COVID-19 era have been devastating for many countries.
Professor Stephen Pratt, head of the tourism school at the University of the South Pacific says that the crisis was an opportunity for operators to reimagine what Fiji’s industry will resemble in a post-coronavirus world. “It’s a bit of a paradigm shift and it’s a chance for the industry and academics to say what sort of tourism do we want going forward,” he said.