The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world in every dimension, and the tourism industry is one of the most heavily impacted industries. Looking at how the tourism industry responds to the pandemic and identifying factors in boosting the industry from a data-oriented perspective allows us to propose potential actions in the recovery of the health of tourism.
What it does
We visualized the industries’ revenue and growth trends and identified a chain reaction affecting tourism caused by the pandemic. Our data-oriented analyses are valuable tools in understanding economic development and making major business decisions.
How we built it
We first acquired open source COVID datasets such as new cases, hospitality and travel and tourism data such as travelers count and hotel booking volumes. We cleaned and merged the acquired data sets for further data analyses and data visualization using Python and R.
Challenges we ran into
We had some difficulties acquiring datasets, such as searching for the US hotel booking dataset. The data sets are also varied and so hard to clean.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We have successfully implemented the computer programming language to visualize the data collected from the websites. And we indeed got some important insights from the plots and concluded several strategies for the companies.
What we learned
We learned that the COVID-19 has a profound impact on the tourism industry and it is more serious than we thought. The GDP and industry scale sharply dropped within one month and the recovery is a long path. Through the data preprocessing and visualization, we dig into the covid data and tourism situation and learn the world from a totally different perspective.
What's next for COVID tourism trend
The tourism will recover in the later several years but need the following efforts: Seek for help from the government: Subsidy/ Loans/ Increase Credit Rating; Continue to pay attention to protective measures and keep a contactless environment; Use technology to dynamically track the infections and narrow the risk area; Marketing and Promotion on Tourism through TV channels/ new media streams.
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