In these tough times for the tourism economy, people want to know what travel will be like after coronavirus, and will anyone be traveling at all? The author of Forbes, Christopher Elliott, tried to answer these questions in his article.
A survey by LuggageHero shows that the travel industry is still good and alive. More than half of the Americans (58%) consider traveling between May and September 2020, as long as their destinations aren’t in quarantine. A quarter of respondents will try to avoid major cities and public transport, and 21% of them will travel in the country where they live.
“Demand will come back stronger than ever once the situation is over,” says Jannik Lawaetz, LuggageHero’s CEO.
How will people travel after the coronavirus?
Christopher explains how people will travel after the coronavirus in 3 ways;
- Travelers will stay in the country where they live. International travel might not be preferred at the beginning, due to the thoughts of staying closer to the safety of home.
- Staycations and road trips might be preferred over the flights or cruise.
- The duration of vacations could become shorter until the economy recovers. It means that people could choose a long weekend over long summer vacation.
Will the travel industry come back from coronavirus?
According to experts, travel will come back faster than anyone expects.
The President of Leisure Travel and Supplier Relations of Travel Leaders Group, John Lovell, says ‘”Despite the challenges, it won’t be this way forever. Travel and tourism is a highly resilient industry that has come back again and again from diseases and natural disasters.”
Many industry observers like Lovell are expecting a rapid return for tourism, despite current desperate news. They emphasize that the travel industry has recovered rapidly after other pandemic and disasters in the past.
What will travel be like after coronavirus?
According to Wayne Smith, Head of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Charleston College, an aggressive coronavirus rescue program is immediately launched when all-clear signals are given. For most destinations, the first step to recovery will be discounted. However, travelers should not expect a sharp discount. Smith argues that the best strategy may be to provide services that add more value than cheap prices.
Smith says: “Examples I have seen in the past would be a hotel offering free meals with room purchase and maybe even packaging in attraction tickets,” he says. “Instead of looking for the cheapest price, I would be looking for the best value. There are going to be plenty of high-value travel packages available.”
Here are a few tips for traveling after the coronavirus outbreak
There is no doubt that people will travel after coronavirus. But how? We can answer this question with a short summary of the article.
Travelers will now investigate good prices but will focus more on values. The good news is that if people find a good price for spring or summer, they don’t hesitate to make a reservation.
One point that travelers will pay attention to is that they will stay away from unknown operators and their unrealistic cheap offer. It may be thought that these prices are likely to be companies that could not overcome the crisis.
As we know, many accommodation and flight tickets were canceled due to coronavirus and many people were victims of this situation. Research shows that travelers will pay more attention to travel insurance to avoid the same situations again.
As a summary, the recovery of the tourism economy will be faster than expected for the most part of the industry. However, from now on the value-added services will be more important than the price of deals for travelers. And also the insurance industry will be more popular than before.