According to GlobalData, the vaccine tour packages, while able to help restart tourism, could on the other hand widen the gap between the rich and the less privileged.
GlobalData calls vaccine tourism a double-edged sword. Through GlobalData’s Q2 consumer survey results, only 6% of respondents said they were not concerned about the impact of the pandemic. 94% of respondents have ‘extremely’, ‘slightly’ or ‘quite’ concerns about the pandemic.
With that in mind, travelers are looking for vaccination opportunities in other destinations as in some of their countries there are prolonged vaccination delays or vaccine shortages.
Currently, several US states, Russia, the Maldives, and Indonesia are providing vaccination services to tourists, and travel agencies are also promoting vaccine tour packages. However, this is raising the argument about vaccine equity as many countries in the world are still struggling with vaccine supply.
Johanna Bonhill-Smith, Travel & Tourism Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “The wealthiest people in poorer countries will now be able to access vaccines first as they can afford to travel. This raises the argument that countries promoting vaccine tourism could be donating excess vaccine doses instead of giving access to wealthy tourists.”