Caribbean nations began losing their tourism income early in the pandemic when many were forced to close their border due to rocketing Covid cases in both the USA and Europe. In early 2021, some islands including Antigua and Barbuda, launched an extended remote-working visa programme to lure travellers back to their sunshine islands. That dreamy offer is still open, with a two-year ‘Nomad Digital Residence’ visa costing $1,500 (£1,235) for a single applicant, or $2,000 (£1,645) for a couple.
While tourism across the world over the past year has somewhat recovered following the pandemic, the industry isn’t quite yet fully back on its feet. And many nations have been forced to re-examine how they should fill the revenue gap that thousands, sometimes millions, of travellers once brought to their economies.
The loss in income, on both an individual and national level, has remained huge in some places – with the impact on infrastructure development and conservation efforts also stalling. For the many people working in the travel and tourism industry, and the communities who support or depend on it, the recovery continues to be slow and gruelling.
So, while 2023 should be the year we carry on rethinking how we travel and becoming more mindful about our carbon footprint, it is also the year where we should choose our holidays wisely, making a conscious decision about where is best to travel under the current circumstances. As you plan your trips, consider the following countries – they have had a particularly difficult time over the past few years.
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