Tourism sector representatives expect buffets to be a thing of the past once the coronavirus pandemic ends because of attitudes concerning meal consumption.

World Tourism Forum Institute head Bulut Bagci said people are traumatized in situations like global outbreaks and cannot get past its effect for a long time.

Outbreaks change consumers habits and the tourism sector is the most affected by the novel coronavirus, Bagci told Anadolu Agency.

Tourism, a $1.7 trillion annual industry, lost at least $1 trillion because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

Consumers will prefer boutique hotels and holiday villages in the off-season instead

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