the unexpected pandemic, From which we are not yet out, our social and economic reality has changed dramatically. Tourism is one of the hardest hit areas.
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A city like New York lost nearly 50 million tourists in 2020, and more than a year later it’s time to think about what tourism will look like when it assumes a new normal after the pandemic.
At the recent International Tourism Fair (FITUR), one of the largest in the world, which took place in Spain just a few weeks ago, the need to restore tourism at a global level was highlighted, but there was also space to talk about Science.
At first glance, tourism and science seem an unnatural combination. But their future intersections may surprise more than one.
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“Connection Scientific tourism It shone in Fitur ”, made many headlines in the international press, almost a fact that this phrase will become more and more popular and more informative. Scientific tourism is today a tourism segment with great prospects and arousing increasing interest, by combining expertise, culture and scientific knowledge.
If this pandemic has served one thing, it is to bring science closer to society, highlighting the importance of knowledge and scientific research that directly affects the lives of millions of people.
In the midst of the current crisis in the tourism sector, it is seen as a valuable tool that offers new opportunities to rethink more sustainable tourism.
The pandemic has represented a turning point in scientific publishing, powered by virtual reality as a mechanism for reaching the general public, allowing thousands of scientists to be heard aloud.
In this scenario, unimaginable only a year and a half ago, science tourism receives an encouraging boost.
Science tourism, which is likely to be on the list of all tourism sector offers in the near future, may lure tourists to research centers and museums, venturing them on unforgettable excursions.
Within these activities, the astronomical tourism It is one of the fastest growing in recent years; A direct result of light pollution that puts a veil before our eyes and prevents us from contemplating the stars coming from cities, and the temptation to observe eclipses, twilights and other celestial phenomena.
Although the initial idea of scientific tourism was formalized more than a decade ago, in the midst of the current crisis in the tourism sector, it is seen as a valuable tool that offers new opportunities to rethink more sustainable tourism adapted to the current scenario Tourism.Global changes.
In terms of science, they stand out as great conditions for promoting scientific knowledge, while promoting regional development as a result. What will be your next travel destination then?
Santiago Vargas Dominguez
Ph.D. PhD in Astrophysics
National Astronomical Observatory University
and Twitter: astrosvd
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