Back To The Workplace And Lack Of Money Will Keep Would-Be Travelers At Home
The travel industry can’t wait for people to start traveling again, but when the COVID-19 pandemic is over and people are cleared to get outside again, it hardly means things will immediately get back to normal.
In fact, in the wake of the #stayathome” campaign, the travel industry will continue to suffer for months. Here’s five main reasons why that will the case.
1.) People Will Be Going Back To Their Jobs
Everyone who has been unable to work, or work less, will be returning to their jobs, so they won’t have the free time to travel. Some companies may even strip employees of their vacation and sick time.
2.) Few People Will Have The Money To Travel
The people who have been unable to work, or work as much pre-coronavirus, simply won’t have enough money to travel, even tho airlines, hotels and resorts will be offering great deals.
3.) A Lack Of Desire To Get On A Plane. And Especially A Cruise Ship
It will take a while for people to feel safe going to airports and getting on a plane because of all the perceived potential of places the virus could still be lingering around and thriving. Cruise ships are going to be down on passenger counts at least through the end of the year. It will take the media reporting “all is safe” before people truly feel safe again to travel on places and cruise ships.
4.) After Being Used To Being Cooped Up, People Will Want To Stay Close To Home
It’s going to take some time for people to get back into the travel mood. If they do go anywhere, it’s more likely to be a weekend road trip rather than a place that requires a long plane ride.
5.) Other Priorities Will Take Precedence Over Traveling
There will be reuniting with family and friends, getting back to the regular routine, work and other things that will take precedence over traveling. A lot of people will want to travel, but can’t travel for a while.
Those in the travel sector are going on-line now posting on their Facebook and social media channels asking people to support the industry when the pandemic passes. That’s a good thought but because of the above factors it is unlikely to happy anytime soon.
PubClub.com predicts it will be six months – into the fall after the normally high summer season in the Northern Hemisphere – before people start traveling again in any type of numbers as before the outbreak.
Already, the U.S. Travel Association predicts 5.9 people in the travel-related industry will lose their jobs. Many won’t get them back right away after the pandemic ends.