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What will travel look like after Coronavirus?

27th April 2020

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As movement around the world grows more and more restricted, it’s hard to imagine what travel will look like when it eventually ramps back up.

The staggering global scale of the coronavirus pandemic makes it especially devastating, but the travel industry has rebounded from past crises and experts believe it will bounce back again.

“People haven’t changed in that they still want to go places, but they’re going to be a lot more cautious about what they do,” according to a professor of economics and head of research in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. And they’re going to need not just persuading that it is safe to travel, but they’ll need to see actual physical changes made to make travel safer.

For now, we don’t know when or how the pandemic will pass. But once the public health crisis improves, travellers will also need to see steep drops in prices to get them moving again, analysts say.

Here are six things travellers are likely to see once the industry is able to rev its engines in the direction of recovery.

• Cruises will be very cheap. But it might not matter for newcomers
• Hotel room rates will drop more before they come back up
• Look for lower airfares and emptier planes
• Business travel may spur recovery for airlines
• Air travellers will have more booking flexibility — for a while
• Increased sustainability is a possible windfall

A silver lining for travel in this crisis? The opportunity to address issues that were top-of-mind before coronavirus arrived. Over tourism, sustainable travel and the environment were among travel’s most talked-about topics before the spread of coronavirus.

“We can get back to this in a much more responsible and ethical way when this crisis ends,”

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