How will travel change?

travel again

By Andrew Wood
Thailand’s tourism sector aims to counter the impacts of
COVID-19 and be prepared for the future in the ‘After-Corona
Era’ (ACE). The COVID-19 pandemic and associated declaration
of a State of Emergency has had a devastating impact on
Thailand’s tourism sector. This pause has led to a new beginning
and reimagination of how tourism can be more robust, profitable, sustainable, impactful and responsible in
the future.

Traveling after Covid – Phuket Thailand

Now is an opportunity to unite tourism stakeholders as they reopen their doors a new chapter for
Thailand’s tourism will begin with a new appreciation for balance between human needs and economic
progress; and between our environmental and social needs and economic prosperity.
First the good news our industry has waited for. Travel will return. The virus will continue to mutate, then
like all viruses, it will start to die off. . When travel does return I’ve identified 6 major trends that will affect
us all;
1. Travel agents and travel professionals will become essential
2. Sustainable tourism will soar
3. Small and local communities will benefit
4. Quality over quantity will be paramount
5. Staying closer to home will become the norm
6. Travelling and planning trips aids mental health
Travel agents and travel professionals will become essential
Conde Nast Traveller predicts a shift to booking travel through agents and established operators, noting
their invaluable knowledge and industry connections. 2020 has shown and taught us that the expertise and
financial protection of booking through a travel agent often outweighs the amount you pay in commission.
Additionally, consumers will look to agents who specialise in the environment. Those who care about
where they send their customers can intuitively cut through greenwash. With the decline in air travel from
the pandemic, domestic road trips will be popular.
The $8 trillion global travel industry, the essential pillars of 21st-century global travel — open borders, open
destinations, and visa-free travel — won’t return in the short term but pent-up demand will rebound in
2022. Not only will we travel again, we’ll do it better.
This pause gives us the gift of time to consider how we can travel more safely, consciously and protect our
future industry and the planet.
Sustainable Tourism Will Soar

Phuket Sandbox 2021

One silver lining of the pandemic? Consumers are seeking sustainable vacations and away from the crowds.
Travellers will take on the role of “concerned citizens” demanding responsible travel policies. The industry
will respond with active measures to prioritize a healthy world over profit margins.
Reducing your carbon footprint by purchasing offsets and by staying at certified green hotels.
Small and local communities will benefit
Supporting local businesses. We need to diversify our locations to
avoid mass tourism and focus on the places that really need it. Many
communities suffered during COVID-19.
Quality over quantity will be paramount
Before we travel we will rethink how and why we travel, and more off-the-beaten-track travelling,
intentionally and less often—if ever the world begins to look similar to its
pre-pandemic days. Avoiding crowds and instead heading to wide open spaces and nature.
Staying closer to home will become the norm
Some are discovering the benefits of travel even at home. Self-learning courses; cooking classes, a visit to a
park, a meal at a pavement brasserie or at an outdoor terrace keep the spirit of travel alive by considering
the feelings that travel elicits. When we compare everything to being locked up, a walk to the park can feel
like travel.

Samet Nagshe Viewpoint – Phang Nga

Travelling and planning trips aids mental health
A recent survey in the US found that travel improves empathy, energy,
attention, and focus. Planning a trip is just as effective—a Cornell
study also showed that looking forward to travel substantially
increases happiness.
Studying maps and determining a route makes you feel like you’re
working toward a real goal.
If we accept that things might get cancelled we can also expand our comfort zone without too much stress.
Qatar Airways resumes Phuket Flights
By TTR WEEKLY – June 7, 2021
DOHA, Qatar, 7 June 2021: Qatar Airways will resume flights
to Phuket, Thailand, starting 1 July with four weekly
services, the airline reported. The airline is already flying 12
semi-commercial flights weekly to Bangkok. The new Phuket
services will increase the total to 16 flights a week between
Doha and Thailand. Phuket will open to nationalities from
countries on Thailand’s low to medium risk if they have
been vaccinated against Covid-19. They will not need to undergo a 14-day quarantine, but they will still
have to present a negative PCR swab test certificate to board the aircraft and have a valid visa issued by a
Thai embassy as well as a Certificate of Entry.
The route will be served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner with seating for 22 passengers in business class and
232 in economy class.

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