Abdul-Maqsoud Khoja Street in Jeddah to be converted into a cultural platform    King of Bahrain Makes Phone Call to Russian President    Bahrain Condemns Terrorist Attack on Educational Center in Kabul    Wall Street Closing    Saudi Minister of Culture meets Iraqi counterpart in Mexico    The Ministry of Finance Announces the Pre-Budget Statement for 2023 with Expenditures Estimated at SAR1,114 billion and Revenues of SAR1,123 billion    Putin announces Russian annexation of four Ukrainian regions    19 women, 2 men qualify as Kingdom's first yogasana referees    13 elements of Saudi cuisine added to Slow Food catalog    Saudi Central Bank permits 4 new FinTech firms to operate under Regulatory Sandbox    China is main destination for Saudi exports Growth in bilateral trade    Saudi Arabia evacuates citizens hit by Hurricane Ian    Jewish sect members held in Mexico escape after overpowering guards    Australia ends Covid isolation rule as it moves beyond 'emergency phase'    Saudi Ministry of Human Resources wins two SGCA awards    Movies return to Kashmir with Hrithik Roshan-starrer    Wall Street Closing    UK Economy Grew in Q2, Revised Data Shows    1,200 publishing houses showcase titles as Riyadh Book Fair kicks off    Investment Minister Chairs the Saudi Side during Meeting of Trade and Investment Committee between Saudi Arabia and China    Bahrain Stock Exchange Indices Close Trading Higher    CITC, National Telecommunications Agency of Brazil Sign MoU    Prince Badr affirms Saudi Arabia's appreciation for UNESCO's efforts    FSDP sets SR45 target for individual insurance Medical insurance will increase to 45%    FSC Holds Meeting with Delegation from World Affairs Councils of America    Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu Signs Investment Agreements worth over SAR7 Billion    Body of famed US climber found on Mt Manaslu in Himalayas    Yoga introduced to Saudi universities    Pregnant woman and her fetus rescued after being run over in Jeddah    Islamic Minister Al-Sheikh: Juristic judgment catalyst to salvage Islamic Ummah    Federer bows out of tennis with final match    Culinary Arts Commission Registers 13 Foods on Slow Food List of Endangered Food    Australian Football League: Racism allegations prompt calls for inquiry    F1 returns to Jeddah in 2023 March    72% of Children Globally have been Victims of Cyber Threats    Australian football club hit by 'harrowing' racism, bullying claims    Saudi National Football Team Continues Preparations for Friendly Match against Ecuador    Saudi Futsal Team Beats San Marino, Wins Silver in Croatian International Championship    During 2nd Global AI Summit.. AI-powered Early Breast Cancer Detection Program Launched    Triple talaq: India Muslim women in limbo after instant divorce ruling    Film Commission Reviews Film Industry Prospects in Saudi Arabia at Venice International Film Festival    Saudi national volleyball team loses to Kyrgyzstan in Asian Challenge Cup final    Saudi national volleyball team beats Uzbekistan, qualifies for the final of the Asian Challenge Cup    Ka'aba door bears witness to Saudi rulers' care for the House of God Kaaba' door, repentance' door contain more than 280 KG of pure gold    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Delivers Speech to Pilgrims, Citizens, Residents and Muslims around the World    Sheikh Al-Issa in Arafah's Sermon: Allaah Blessed You by Making It Easy for You to Carry out This Obligation. Thus, Ensure Following the Guidance of Your Prophet    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques addresses citizens and all Muslims on the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Travel after a long wait!
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 08 - 05 - 2021

WITH a mixed feeling of hope and anxiety, the world is looking forward to the gradual reopening of international borders, allowing freedom of travel, movement and tourism in different countries and continents. This comes after a spike in the overall rates of vaccination in a large number of countries, making the expected positive impact on the psychological and economic arenas.
Travel and movement is a natural right of human beings, and hence laws, constitutions and legislations have approved and protected it in various forms in most countries of the world.
With the passage of time, the concept of travel and movement has transformed from its simple form into a complex one amid a sprawling tourism industry where millions of people work and billions of dollars are invested.
Tourism, in its broad and comprehensive concept, achieves many positive elements in the economic aspect, as it generates scores of job opportunities and provides opportunities to improve seasonal income.
Tourism is the fastest and the best opportunity to achieve a fair distribution of surplus income when a country is witnessing economic growth. There is a big difference between growth and fair distribution of income, and perhaps the best and most beautiful description of that matter is what the late Egyptian thinker and economist Dr. Galal Amin had observed when he described the emerging vibrant Brazilian economy: "The country is fine, but the people are tired."
The system of travel, movement and tourism does not bring about rapid employment and raise the level of income for the youth in particular at least for the time being, but this system is the largest consumer and thus influences market demand in relation to the price of oil in the world. Several vital sectors, such as airlines, hotels, resorts, restaurants and tourism hold their breath during the current pandemic period. These sectors await the initial reaction to travel reservations and turnout for them, and whether people will break the barrier of fear, anxiety and caution and make them return to what they were before, or whether the psychological component of panic and the desire to feel safe will be the predominant one.
There is an increasing human right talk about the extent of the "legality" of the proposed digital health passport, in which it has been proven that the travelers received the required vaccine or acquired immunity through recovery after infected with the virus. This is attributed to the concerns of some right activists that the proposed electronic passport could constitute a dangerous precedent that will create a fertile ground for a great level of discrimination against non-vaccinated people and prevent them from exercising their natural right to travel, movement and tourism. This is a legal approach that the people of the Western world take very seriously and importantly.
The upcoming summer season will be a great trial balloon to test the seriousness of the health protocols adopted by those countries that decided to open their doors and borders to receive visitors and tourists. In the meantime, it is not to be disregarded the fact that there are many countries such as India and South Africa and Brazil that are witnessing a big surge in infections and their health sectors are unable to deal with the crisis.
These protocols are practical evidence that the world is ready to open the economy after long and painful months that tended to exhaust resources and wipe out incomes in an unprecedented way. However, there is concern and fear over the virus mutations that are spreading fast, leaving behind huge lines of victims with the announcement of each and every new mutant.
In the past months, travel, movement and tourism were taking place in very small and limited numbers, which kept the possible damage under control in general, but this does not confirm the continuation of the same situation with the anticipated new great openness.
Divergent views are being articulated by scientists, doctors, economists and jurists pertaining to the decision to open out for travel, mobility and tourism. Each and every one of them makes an argument according to his specialization and draws attention to the dangers and caveats according to his own point of view. In my opinion, the point of view of each one of them has to be valued and respected, but at the same time, the highest stake remains for the people who wish to have the right and choice to travel, move and tour, and the decision, in this case, shall be theirs.
The world has gone through a painful, heavy and costly phase in its long confrontation with COVID-19 virus, but the importance of continuing to deal with the virus remains very cautious because the battle with it is still going on. The world has decided to save the economy and grant people the right to practice travel, mobility and tourism.
The battle with the virus continues and is not yet over. People used to say in the past that there are seven benefits for travel, and an eighth benefit can be added to them, which is the ability of people to deal with the global pandemic seriously and respectfully.
—This article was originally published in Asharq al

Clic here to read the story from its source.