With the relaxation of pandemic restrictions, a rapid recovery was seen in all world tourism. But some countries have begun to be more selective about incoming tourists.
Last week, New Zealand’s minister of tourism announced that they “want to attract more quality tourists, rather than travelers who spend $10 a day eating instant noodles.”
Limiting the number of tourists in destinations with an excessive number of visitors can be a positive step to protect the environment and local people. But with such practices, “Is tourism only for the super-rich?” brings the question.
Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair, the world’s largest economy airline, said that the era of cheap airfare may be over with the rise in energy prices.
Here are the countries that want to appeal to wealthier tourists in the post-Covid-19 recovery period
Cayman Islands offers remote work option for the wealthy
The island in the Caribbean has long been one of the important addresses for luxury vacations. Ada tried to preserve this image during the pandemic. With a program it started in 2020, the British island granted a two-year residence visa to those with an annual income of over $100,000, with an annual fee of $1,469.
In this way, the island administration wanted to attract high-income digital nomads.
Fiji aims to increase visitor spending
During the pandemic, Fiji has positioned itself as a haven for billionaires.
In June 2020, the country gave special opportunities to yacht owners who want to escape from the pandemic restrictions. The Prime Minister invited the rich people with private jets to rent the islands in the country from his social media account.
Before the pandemic, tourism made up 38 percent of Fiji’s economy. The island, which wants to turn to luxury tourism after the pandemic, wants to increase this rate.
Indonesia plans restrictions on Bali travelers
In September 2021, Indonesia entered among the countries targeting wealthy tourists.
Speaking to local media, Indonesian Maritime and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaistan said that they would not allow backpackers to enter Bali island after the pandemic.
Later, the minister said that with these words he meant those who violated the country’s health and immigration rules.
Montserrat invites high-income digital nomads
In February 2021, the mountainous island of Montserrat in the Caribbean began issuing a one-year residence permit to those with an annual income of over $70,000. The visa application fee is 500 dollars.
New Zealand doesn’t want caravans to spend $10 a day
New Zealand also wants to attract high-income tourists to its country after the pandemic. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash stated during a tourism conference that they want to appeal to tourists by staying in the country longer and spending more money.
Thailand wants to get rid of its backpacker image
Thailand, which has been one of the favorite destinations of low-budget backpackers for a long time, wants to get rid of this image.
To this end, ministers are asking hotels and tourism companies to avoid large discounts to attract tourists. “We can’t let people choose Thailand because it’s cheap,” Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said at a tourism event.
In this context, Thailand aims to be a center of attraction for digital nomads with a 10-year remote work visa, whose annual income is over 80 thousand dollars.