联合国贸发会议:封锁后的生活:全球重建旅游业与可持续发展

       2020-09-01       联合国贸发会议       2020-09-02 08:30:09

对马哈茂德·帕特尔来说,2020年本应是他位于巴巴多斯、依赖旅游业的小企业的丰收年。其中包括海滨公寓、有机农场到餐桌咖啡馆和可可山(Coco Hill)——一个53英亩的农业旅游雨林,提供导游服务,致力于促进粮食安全和土地恢复。这位巴巴多斯企业家表示,2019年是他近10年来表现最好的一年,而2020年的表现更为出色。他说:“我们去年12月首次实现盈亏平衡,今年1月和2月实现盈利。”。“我们还能够开始偿还2008年经济衰退期间的债务。”整个旅游业——岛上最大的旅游业——正在蓬勃发展,帕特尔对2020年的乐观情绪得到了广泛认同。希望破灭了,但这些希望破灭了,3月份,当巴巴多斯关闭边界,宣布全面封锁以阻止冠状病毒的传播时,这些希望破灭了。。。。

For Mahmood Patel, 2020 was supposed to be a bumper year for his Barbados-based, tourism-dependent small business ventures. They include beach-front apartments, an organic farm-to-table café and Coco Hill – a 53-acre agro-tourism rainforest that offers guided tours and is dedicated to promoting food security and land rehabilitation. The Barbadian entrepreneur says 2019 was the best year he had in almost a decade, and 2020 was tracking to be even better. “We broke even for the first time last December, and recorded profits in January and February this year,” he said. “We were also able to start paying off the debts we incurred during the 2008 recession.” The entire tourism sector – the island’s largest – was booming and Mr. Patel’s optimism for 2020 was widely shared. Dashed hopes But those hopes were dashed when, in March, the sector came to a standstill, as Barbados closed its borders and announced a complete lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.... [View More...]

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