“Now is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Winston Churchill. 1943
As we all begin to think about the tomorrows we really have no idea how the travel world will change. But for sure it will.
Many of you take an airplane, rent a car, stay at a hotel, and go to a restaurant or maybe a cruise. All of this will change. But how, here are my thoughts without answers.
The travel industry is very seasonal. Depending on where and what, the high season carries the low season. Winter holidays may be busy while mid-January may not be. Leisure travelers tend to vacation more in warm weather. Many businesses need a critical mass to stay in business. Most of the travel industry needs to have extremely high occupancy to make a profit. We all average out the year to stay in business.
We do know, we will be slow to feel comfortable traveling again, even when we can. So how will this all play out? Here are some thoughts to think about for now…
We have heard airlines will keep the middle seat empty. For an airplane that is three by three, as many are, that means a third of the seats are empty.
Hotels may be able to close off a portion of the hotel and reduce staff yet all the heat, taxes, electricity etc. need to be paid. Cruise ships may close off a deck or two but have the same basic expenses. How can a restaurant survive with significantly less seating? What will their menu be?
Do not rush to begin to travel, but when you do, understand the travel world will be quite different. Stay smart, stay safe and stay well.
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