The world might never be the same again. Even after we get the cure of the COVID-19 and the world re-opens, things will change.
The travel industry, specifically, will be expected to re-adjust its operations. The way people traveled and lived in their destinations is expected to change.
As a person who is planning to travel, you need to be ready to follow some of these changes. Some of them might be uncomfortable, but at the end of the day, they will for the good of the industry and the world at large.
Post-COVID, we expect to see the following trends.
- Integration of Health Systems
We expect to see the travel industry come up with strong health systems. The goal would be to help avoid the same scenario as witnessed during this pandemic.
Expect to find more health check stations at the airport. Airlines would take social distancing seriously to minimize human contact during their travel.
Some destinations might require medical reports for their visitors.
In short, expect to see a trend where health is at the forefront of the travel industry, for this might be the only hope. The hope of not going back to the same situation as we have witnessed wit COVID-19.
- Less of Price Competitions
Airlines, hotels, and other key stakeholders in the industry will shift their focus from the price competition approach to a safety and quality approach.
We expect travelers to be willing to pay higher rates for service providers who offer quality and safe services. No one would want to risk their health for a cheap rate.
And as a result, key stakeholders in the industry would find innovative ways to compete rather than on a price basis.
- Redefined and Redesigned Tourism Industry
It won’t be business as usual. From airlines, hotels to travel destinations, we expect to see a whole different picture of the tourism industry. We expect to see fewer and fewer crowds at the same place. No one would want to risk their lives just in case another epidemic emerges.
We might also see more focus on local tourism than it has been before. The industry is likely to encourage many people to minimize their movements and enjoy their vacations locally.
The entire industry will change. How people interact in hotels, parks, on planes, buses, and other places is expected to adopt a new image.
- Efficient Crisis Management Structures
When the corona virus was reported, we saw people and organizations move into a panic mode. This could have been one of the major contributors to the accelerated spread of the virus.
Different stakeholders were adopting conflicting strategies to react to the whole issue. But this could be the last time we have seen such a thing happened.
We expect different players to find innovative ways to manage such crises in the future—better ways to handle and evacuate people during a crisis.
As we stay safe, let’s get ready to live by the trends that the tourism industry will bring us post-COVID.