he year 2020 sent seismic shocks through the travel industry. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a major upheaval that is still being felt, and it will be a while before the industry gets back to “normal,” whatever that means now. In addition to the death and sickness the pandemic has caused, it has also sparked a second upheaval: Asian hate. There has been an alarming rise in xenophobia, with a recorded 1,900% rise in Asian hate in America since the start of the pandemic. More than 2,800 incidents of abuse have been recorded against Asians and, as a group, they have been scapegoated for the devastation the virus has caused.
Changing how the travel industry responds, represents, and amplifies the voices of the Asian community can help combat the rise of Asian hate in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is a worrying trend as an Asian traveler who makes a living as a travel content creator, but the travel industry can and should play a role in helping to fight it. The Asian community has become one of the most significant demographic groups in terms of spending power and frequency of travel, so it’s important that the industry do its part to combat xenophobia that targets Asians as it helps flows in revenue to the tourism economy. Travel has always been recognized for its role in fostering diversity, spreading culture, and encouraging tolerance and understanding of different groups. At a time like this, the travel…