She stressed that it is currently difficult to make predictions about the development of the situation in the industry. However, if the emergency does not last long, people will soon resume travel, as travel has become a part of life. Speaking about the possibility that people may not travel at all this year for security reasons, Kavaca noted that different scenarios have to be taken into account. “Right now we’re seeing that customers are already making decisions that they will travel in the second half of the year,” she said.
According to Kavaca, in general, tourism companies in Latvia will survive the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic if the state keeps its promise to provide support. “Of course, the year will be a difficult one, it is already a difficult one, both for the employees emotionally and for the management, providing work and thinking about the long term. It is equally difficult for all companies, because the problems are all the same,” Kavaca pointed out.
The president of the association acknowledged that the industry is already laying off workers.
It has already been reported that by April 14, an emergency situation has been declared in Latvia in connection with the spread of the Covid-19 virus, during which time a number of restrictions have been set. This includes the abolition of international passenger transport through airports, ports, by bus and rail, with the exception of passenger transport by national aircraft and military transport.
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