The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic last year has changed all of our worlds. And not just in the short term. Outside of healthcare—where heroes dressed in gowns continue to battle on the front lines—few sectors have been hit like the travel industry. In my own company, bookings were down by over 95% at the height of the pandemic back in May. We created a
COVID-19 resource centerand our support staff has been working very hard to help travelers and admins. However, the scale of the problem cannot be ignored.Entire nations were ordered to stay at home, airlines have gone bankrupt, travel companies laid off massive amounts of workers, and hotels were turned into hospitals. But now, vaccination rollout is finally and thankfully well underway. Israel is virtually back to a pre-pandemic state. The UK has over 30 million vaccinated people. It seems as though the world is starting to get back on its feet. Now that things are slowly beginning to return to “normal”, many have raised the question of travel, especially international travel. Will it look very different? Here are the top changes I see coming.
- Domestic travel is already reopening in some countries and is likely to be in full swing by summer 2021.
- International travel will depend a little on how the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine goes worldwide, but we expect it to increase again around summer 2021 (like it did in 2020). Whether that'll be here to stay or if we'll experience another slump as we get closer to the winter season is yet to be seen.
- Vaccinated travelers will be the first to be welcomed back with open arms.