Impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic on Ecotourism Segment in Amazonas State, Brazil

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https://doi.org/10.34019/2238-2925.2021.v11.31517

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected tourism worldwide. This paper examines the impacts of pandemic on companies and professionals related to ecotourism in the state of Amazonas, Brazil. For this purpose, we sent online structured questionnaire to workers in the sector, whose participation was voluntary and anonymous. We had 44 responses from seven macro-regions in the state, most of which were guides and workers in the market for over 15 years. For 91% of respondents, the pandemic totally affected personal or company turnover. Strategies to minimize impacts were adopted in 97% of cases, such as cancellation or rescheduling. The turnover forecast for the remainder of 2020 was very high for 38.6% of respondents. The budget recovery forecast is of at least two years for 43.2% of the cases. The professionals related to ecotourism in Amazonas had their activities affected and the perspective is for a slow recovery, resulting in vulnerability for the activity. Brazil's current image abroad, referring to the weak implementation of actions to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, represents a risk to the activity in Amazonas. Public policies are of utmost importance to recover the ecotourism and the valorization of the different actors and companies related to this tourist segment.

Keywords: Amazon; Coronavirus; Social isolation; Protected area; Tourism.

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Author Biographies

Marcelo Derzi Vidal, Centro Nacional de Pesquisa e Conservação da Sociobiodiversidade Associada a Povos e Comunidades Tradicionais – CNPT/ICMBio

Doctor in Biodiversity and Conservation/UFAM (2018). Master in Ecology/INPA (2003). Degree in Biology/UFAM (2001). Researcher at National Center for Research and Conservation of Sociobiodiversity Associated with Traditional Peoples – CNPT/ICMBio. Orcid Id: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9434-7333  [ marcelo.vidal@icmbio.gov.br ]

Fernanda Pozzan Paim, Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá

Doctor in Ecology, Conservation and Wildlife Management/UFMG (2017). Master in Zoology/MPEG (2008). Degree in Biology/UNISINOS (2004). Researcher at Mamirauá Institute of Sustainable Development – IDSM. Orcid Id: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1722-273X [ feppaim@gmail.com ]

Pedro Meloni Nassar, Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável Mamirauá

Master in Management of Amazon Protected Areas/INPA (2013). Degree in Biology/UNICAMP (2005). Technician at Mamirauá Institute of Sustainable Development – IDSM. Orcid Id: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8452-5995 [ pedromnassar@gmail.com ]

Susy Rodrigues Simonetti, Universidade do Estado do Amazonas

Doctor and Master in Environmental Science and Sustainability in the Amazon/UFAM (2015, 2004). Degree in Tourism/IMES (2000). Professor in Tourism Department at Amazonas State University – UEA. Orcid Id: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1117-647X  [ ssimonetti@uea.edu.br ]

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Published

2021-06-24

How to Cite

Vidal, M. D., Pozzan Paim, F., Meloni Nassar, P., & Rodrigues Simonetti, S. (2021). Impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic on Ecotourism Segment in Amazonas State, Brazil. Anais Brasileiros De Estudos Turísticos - ABET, 11. https://doi.org/10.34019/2238-2925.2021.v11.31517