Wednesday, 27 May 2020

When and how might travel rebound?

If there’s anything we’ve learned recently, it’s that nothing is for certain – timelines very much included. But with coronavirus infections flattening around the world, there are positive signs that travel will slowly start in the coming weeks. Here’s what to expect.

If you’re hoping that travel will return to normal this year, don’t hold your breath, experts say. That said, you will likely be able to vacation on a reduced basis later this year. Although not ideal, that’s better than the “do not travel” orders the world has endured since March.

So what might a travel reopening look like?

The travel industry is a huge part of the economic health of so many countries, so I imagine by the end of the summer tourism will begin again,” says Jorge Branco, director of the World Travelers Association. “I don’t think schedules will be as they were pre-coronavirus right away, but there will be options available to begin the transition.”

In other words, we won’t hit the “on” switch as quickly as we hit the “off” switch. Rather, governments, health experts and tourism providers will metaphorically install “dimmers” to gradually increase lifestyles and travel to normal levels.

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Staycations and business travel to return first

via Lonely Planet India

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