Reliable and accurate information is one of our most valuable tools in these challenging times. In order to support our clients and industry colleagues, we’ve compiled the below list of important news, updates and insights regarding COVID-19 and the travel and tourism industry. Please read, share and consider. And don’t hesitate to reach out to Bannikin if you need anything. We’re here to help.
Over the last week, we’ve seen mainstream travel media explode with pieces about virtual travel experiences, while industry outlets have published think-pieces about how (and when) travel will recover. As the world continues to develop around COVID-19, insights on its impact on the travel industry are undergoing their own evolution—resulting in a divide between “false optimism” on imminent travel recovery, and realism.
In good times and in bad, our responsibility as travel & tourism consultants is to act as an extension of our clients’ teams, always providing services, support and direction with their best interests in mind.
This past week has seen COVID-19 continue to tighten its grip on the world, including in North America—particularly in parts of the U.S., the UK, India and Japan. Interestingly, China seems to be pushing recreation once again, while the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics seems to have paved the way for Japan to exercise tighter travel restrictions in an effort to contain the spread.
With so much changing so quickly in the news and within our industry, we at Bannikin want to do what we can to support you in communications and media relations. We’ve compiled a broad-strokes review of travel-related news from the last week below, so you can see how much has changed, get a sense of the travel media landscape, and access some expert insight into making your next steps.