I’d like to get some ideas about hospitality, how we can adapt and bring about a model which can satisfy our innate need to connect and provide and accept hospitality from others.
Of couse we are met with obstacles in terms of international travel. The old model of the hospex sites of international travellers arriving here at a moment’s notice to stay in our office and share our house and meals are a distant memory.
Here in Australia ,we get so many different pieces of information about when and if our borders will reopen, then we hear of plans to purpose build quarantine facilities. That all sounds like long term planning for restricted international borders.
What concerns me is that as a nation we have become rather inward looking during the last year. The outside world doesn’t seem so alluring, interesting or even possible. At present there is a concentration on bringing overseas nationals back here. The other priority is trying to ensure a “normal” lifestyle here. Both have been reasonably successful. But the itchy problem seems to be that has made us parochial.
Presumably refugees will once again become a priority to accept here , then migrants and overseas students. Overseas tourists are hardly on the national agenda. We get mumblings from Qantas they are offering international flight schedules, but that’s all a fantasy at present.
Of course, every country has its own priorities.
Anyway, what I’m wondering is how we can think about hospitality in general . Some have mentioned virtual meetups, others have mentioned coffee and cake. Others have mentioned trivia games.
I’m wondering if we could do something different to that. Maybe we could think about how to reach out to the recent refugees or overseas students in our countries to offer a welcoming hand? It would set this website wide apart from the other hospitality websites.