Do you think travel will change post Pandemic?

Travel Forums General Talk Do you think travel will change post Pandemic?

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1. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 926 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

I saw an interesting article discusing changes that might take place in the cruise industry because of COVID 19 and it got me thinking about changes in the travel industry in general. Do you think there will be changes that will effect travel or will everything just bounce back to normal? I for one think more travellers will be carrying sanitizer and face masks especially on planes.

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1356 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

I suspect that travel will not bounce back to "normal" anytime soon. Some airlines already have said they plan to be smaller in scope, not just on routes but capacity as well. Some entry restrictions are likely to continue. Efforts to more closely monitor movement of people are likely to continue; and more countries are likely to adopt visa or entry permit regimes. Substantial parts of the global tourism infrastructure -- besides airlines -- are beginning to disappear. Restaurants, hotels, etc., are closing, some permanently. People whose income depend on tourism are likely to seek other jobs. They might never return to the industry. Confidence has been shaken; and it will take time to recover.

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1588 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

I think the changes in travel will mirror the changes that we see happening around us. Restaurants going out of business because they can't do take-out and can't afford to pay employees. Department stores closing and everything going to the internet. Hotels are still going to be around I think, but maybe less of them. Land transportation will still be needed.

All the cruise lines have gone on hiatus until at least June. People may be afraid to travel. or get on a cruise. There is a community of people who live on and travel the world on boats. They are having to stay put for now as they do not know whether they will be able to enter another port.

The school closings may also have an effect - we may not have the regular school holidays that we normally have - we may go to all year school. That will change the ability of families with children to travel.

4. Posted by Tabithag (Full Member 176 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Aside from issues arising from the failure of many businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors that others have mentioned, I wonder if there might also be a wariness towards foreigners in some places, if the local population feel that travellers could be carrying such viruses.

Depending upon the extent and reliability of the recovery, I suspect we could see some additional measures put in place. Some countries, which feel they are safe, might place restrictions on their citizens travelling to other countries deemed more at risk, and on visitors coming in from those countries. Any such restrictions might be mitigated if people can provide a vaccination certificate (as with yellow fever), but of course that would be dependent on a vaccine being successfully developed, available and affordable.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1995 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Tabithag

Any such restrictions might be mitigated if people can provide a vaccination certificate (as with yellow fever), but of course that would be dependent on a vaccine being successfully developed, available and affordable.

I thought about that, but then I thought it more likely that they would use a thumb-prick test for antibodies, which now seems to be in development.

I can imagine countries that are heavily tourism reliant wanting a way to open up again quickly. If a blood test like that could be done at immigration with fairly immediate results it would be an attractive option.

6. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1356 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Fear, and its effects, need to be overcome. That will take time. In Hawaii, some have begun to question the state's economic reliance on tourism. There are news reports of visitors being shouted at and told they no longer are welcome. Communities near U.S. national parks are telling people to stay away. Some Asian Americans in the U.S. report harassment. It would be wonderful to return to some semblance of normalcy once fear begins to subside.

7. Posted by irenevt (Travel Guru 77 posts) 8w 6 Star this if you like it!

Of course no-one knows the future but I felt nothing would ever return to normal having gone through the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong. Everything here shut, property prices slumped, people went bankrupt. Hong Kong people were barred from entry in many parts of the world. I myself had developed obsessive behaviours. I could not stop constantly washing my hands and every time I touched anything I had to apply handsanitizer. I even got into a fight in a shop where they had started selling hand sanitizer at about 8x the normal price. Every time I came in from outside I had to remove all my clothes and wash them. I used so much bleach in my flat I totally destroyed a rug and all of our curtains. When SARS was finally over, businesses slowly began to open again, though admittedly some had gone under. The property market began to pick up and after a few weeks I started to behave like a sane person again. We are all gloomy right now but I think we are all actually a lot more resilient than we think. Life will get back to normal at some point.

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1588 posts) 8w 1 Star this if you like it!

Thank you irenevt for that perspective. It is valuable

9. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1212 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

Thank you irenevt for that perspective. It is valuable

I echo that - thank you Irene :)

10. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3972 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quoting irenevt

Of course no-one knows the future but I felt nothing would ever return to normal having gone through the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong. Everything here shut, property prices slumped, people went bankrupt. Hong Kong people were barred from entry in many parts of the world. I myself had developed obsessive behaviours. I could not stop constantly washing my hands and every time I touched anything I had to apply handsanitizer. I even got into a fight in a shop where they had started selling hand sanitizer at about 8x the normal price. Every time I came in from outside I had to remove all my clothes and wash them. I used so much bleach in my flat I totally destroyed a rug and all of our curtains. When SARS was finally over, businesses slowly began to open again, though admittedly some had gone under. The property market began to pick up and after a few weeks I started to behave like a sane person again. We are all gloomy right now but I think we are all actually a lot more resilient than we think. Life will get back to normal at some point.

Same from me - an interesting perspective, thanks.