TIAC-Commissioned Study Provides Timeline For Global Travel’s Return
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
A report commissioned by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada has provided insights on the impact of COVID-19 on the travel and tourism industry’s path to recovery – both globally and domestically. The report was prepared by Canadian tourism research company Twenty31.
Here’s a summary of findings:
CANADA: Leading indicators continue to point to an easing of travel restrictions occurring gradually starting with inter- and intra-provincial travel (around mid / end of June / beginning of July), followed by regional travel (mid-July), and eventually international short-haul (mid- to late-August) and long-haul travel (into the fall).
CANADA: The impact of the pandemic will have a major impact on Canadian traveller discretionary spending with more than a third of Canadians expressing worry about losing their livelihood in the next four weeks – the idea of travel will not be a priority as these Canadians attempt to get back on their feet when signs for post-COVID begin to emerge.
CANADA: A majority of travellers may look to make the switch from short-haul air to longer train rides and auto trips to travel across the country – destinations need to consider an increase in visitors via auto and train routes post-lifting of travel restrictions.
CANADA: Some tourism organizations, primarily linked to events, cruise and adventure tours, are already looking to and preparing for a 2021 recovery.
Current timeline of travel’s return to service on a global scale. Credit: Twenty31.
GLOBAL: Tourism continues to be heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, though initial glimmers of hope in the industry, particularly in the Asia are beginning to emerge.
GLOBAL: The return to tourism (starting with domestic travel) is expected to return close to the end of June / beginning of July timeframe for some destinations around the world. Some destinations (Spain, Australia) are hinting that tourism may not return this year.
GLOBAL: Some US states are opening up some parts of their beaches and local businesses.
GLOBAL: Germany has started to lift lock down restrictions with a possible resumption of some schools and shop openings.
GLOBAL: Despite initial signs of tourism recovery, the tourism industry will be drastically changed: from the aviation sector, to accommodations tour operators and others, almost every aspect of the tourism industry will be heavily impacted by the pandemic.
GLOBAL: Consumers are starting to think about travelling again, but are still generally weary about what travel will look like and the impact it may have in a post-COVID-19 environment.
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.