6 Traveling Changes After Covid-19
It is a fact that, the tourism industry has recovered from past crises and experts estimate that it will do so now. But not without change. Will tourism and the way people travelling be affected by Covid 19 in the future? Experts are trying to give their first answer regarding the estimated changes of tourism and the way people travelling.
“People have not changed their minds since they will still want to go to different places. But it will inevitably be much more cautious about how they will do it “said Adam Blake, a professor of economics and head of research at the Department of Tourism at Bournemouth University in Britain.
“And they won’t just have to convince them that it’s safe to travel, but they need to see real change to make travel safer.”
Please find below some of the most common outcoming changes:
- Prices on cruises will be reduced but still difficult to select: According to Mr. Christopher Anderson, tourism professor at Cornell, provides that cruise’s prices will fall. The challenge will be to attract new customers “which will be necessary for their survival”, following the global headlines about Covid-19 cases on cruise ships. Anderson suggested restructuring some of the new ships still under construction, with larger cabins and fewer passengers.
- Prices on Hotels will be reduced: “Everyone, whether cruise ships or hotels, needs to change the way they clean the environment in which customers interact,” says Anderson. And that cleanliness should be visible, says Jan Freitag, vice president of Lodging Insights. Hand sanitizers everywhere, surface disinfections that customers can see to feel safe. Historically, in times of great uncertainty, such as 2001 after the 9/11 attacks or the end of the recession in 2009, it took time for hotels prices to recover, Freitag said.
- Preferably Hotels than Airbnb: Anderson also estimates that tourists will feel more secure in hotels than in short-term leases, such as Airbnb. “People will seek for the security of the cleaning protocols offered by hotels,” says Anderson.
- Aviation Companies: Cheaper tickets & less crowded flights: It is also estimated that people will feel more comfortable traveling by air if the planes are less crowded. “If we want to change (ie the negative climate), the air force will have to fly the middle ground and much lower prices than we had last summer,” Anderson said.
- Business Trips will help to airlines recovery: Although many companies will prefer to make their appointments online, the need for close meetings will remain, so business trips will be a breath of fresh air for aviation companies.
- Airlines may give more flexibility to bookings – for a while: Anderson estimates that airlines, which have already implemented measures such as, Flexibility, will continue to be less strict with the ticket cancellations and changes for at least a period of time. “In 2021, we will revert to the old way, I estimate”
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