By Alejandra Orias Garita – International Relations Student
The COVID-19 has made the countries more vulnerable than ever, and has brought to them many political, social, cultural and economic problems. Costa Rica has not stayed behind and has been feeling these consequences during this last quarter of 2020. With the development of this pandemic, the unemployment rate has increased in the country. With closed boarders, cancelled flights, closed restaurants, customers cancelling services to the tourism companies and more, the people that work in tourism were the ones that suffered most of the consequences at the beginning of the year, and are still feeling them.
With that being said, throughout the years, it has been observed that the economy of Costa Rica has been focusing on tourism and the tourists bring a lot to the economy of the country. Due to the fact that the COVID-19 has caused a lot of fear among the worldwide population, governments have decided and said that everyone should stay at home. With this resolution, and cancelled flights, no one was allowed to do tourism and the Costa Rican economy was severely affected. Many ideas have been discussed among the Tourism Board of the country, and one of them is to offer National Tourism. But how can Costa Ricans travel in their own country if they are the ones that lost their jobs due to the pandemic? Maybe different ways of tourism can be achieved and with it, everyone can help each other.
Nevertheless, some may argue that the COVID-19 pandemic could be a new route for virtual tourism. Virtual tourism and augmented reality has increased over the years. Many companies have used it to attract more users with the main idea of making them feel that they are in the place they are observing. This is why many people can argue that virtual tourism and augmented reality can be a new way to reborn the tourism in the country and make them travel more, while the pandemic is still on its peak. This is why the proposal of allowing customers and tourists visit Costa Rica through a virtual way can be a new idea to help bring and increase the economy of the country.
To sum up everything that has been stated before, it can be assure that the COVID-19 has left the world with a lot of big consequences. The economy of the world was the one that suffered the most. The COVID-19 left the employees of Costa Rica from the tourism sectors without jobs and this affected the economy of the country at a large scale. The pandemic has teached the world a lot of lessons and has showed us that everyone is vulnerable, no matter our social status or so. The COVID-19 pandemic has and will shaped the way we live and converge with others. Virtual meetings, augmented reality and others will become the new normal.