What will be the future of travel?
What do you predict as the future of travel? Given British Airways has proposed 12,000 redundancies, most aircraft around the world are grounded, and many airlines saying it will be up to three years until traffic returns to 2019 levels, it doesn’t look likely there will be a recovery anytime soon.
When do you think travel will return? Here at Progressive Travel Recruitment, we all have different opinions on the future of travel and when the industry will bounce back, but, for me, I can see it taking it longer as each day passes. I have holidays booked; luckily, I’ve managed to postpone. Understandably, people want to feel safe when travelling, but, deep-down, don’t we all just wish we could get away?
How will the consumer will respond?
I think people will remain cautious about travelling in the near future, until lockdowns are eased around the world. Even then, they may be more conscious about the risks of Covid-19 returning, and indeed the practicality of social distancing (impossible?) when travelling. With an unprecedented rise in unemployment, there’s also the question of consumer affordability to consider. Will this affect pricing? Perhaps, but with an anticipated squeeze on capacity, maybe not.
The impact on the environment
We’ve all seen the impact the dramatic drop in travel has had on pollution, read stories about how the virus has led to cleaner air (when’s the last time you saw a plane go overhead?), wildlife reclaiming land, and waters less-polluted. Will this be a turning point for real action to be taken on the harm we’ve been doing to the planet? There are talks that the some governments may only support struggling airlines if they act on their environmental impact.
Will the consumer be more conscious about their carbon footprint?
The future of travel agents
I hear all sorts of stories where travel agents are working hard (often without any income), struggling with amendments, cancelled bookings and refunds, and having to pay their commission back. Many travel companies have been forced to furlough staff, yet their workloads have increased massively.
Given what I’ve written above about the environment and consumer carbon footprint, will agents start to identify operators and suppliers that truly are behind minimising the effect business and leisure travel has on the environment, or are we all just looking to get back to some kind of ‘how we were before’?
Travel will return, but most probably in a different form.
Just what will the future of travel look like?
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