Covid-19 Update: June 3

Bannikin | June 3, 2020

Things have to change

Welcome to our 11th media and communications newsletter, designed to help you track travel- and coronavirus-related developments that continue to affect our industry at large.

It feels hard to talk about travel after this past week, when the murder of George Floyd sparked protests across the United States – and around the world – against police brutality and racism faced by black people throughout North America.

During this time of unrest and uncertainty, here are some ways our industry can be actively anti-racist:

In the meantime, below is our weekly roundup of news, expert insights and food for thought about what has been happening in the travel industry this week. If you can’t access an article due to a pay wall, let us know and we may be able to send it through to you.

Stay safe and healthy,
Your friends at Bannikin


The week at a glance

Tuesday, June 2

Monday, June 1

Sunday, May 31

Saturday, May 30 

  • Glad you’re not here: stag party capitals vow to ‘do tourism differently’

Friday, May 29

Thursday, May 28

Wednesday, May 27 

Tuesday, May 26


What the media is saying…

Condé Nast Traveler – How travel will change
: While it’s impossible to predict how the economy will fare once the pandemic subsides, some of the changes that will stick around will likely be for the better. Everything will be cleaner. Seriously—everything, even the New York City subway. Travelers will have more power than ever, especially in booking flexibility. And while some changes may be less welcome, like rising ticket costs once airline demand returns or reservations being required, well, everywhere, travelers have never rallied behind their favorite places, from restaurants to hotels to destinations, like they are right now.

The Guardian – ‘Things have to change’: tourism businesses look to a greener future
: …As destinations slowly start to emerge from lockdown and borders tentatively reopen, many in the sector are wondering if this is a chance for tourism to rebuild in a greener, more sustainable way.

Skift – The anguish of travel’s lost summer
: It’s easy to forget that some initial lockdown orders were in place just for two or three weeks. Stay home now, the sentiment went, so we can enjoy the sweet relief of summer later. But months on, we now know the Covid-19 crisis is, unfortunately, not that simple. It’s less a matter of returning to normal, and more finding a way to continue our lives with profoundly altered norms. And yet, as the temperature heats up and travel begins to reopen, albeit unevenly, it’s tempting to fall back in love with the promise of summer and all its possibilities. Indeed, no one is denying that the travel industry — which may lose up to 80 percent of international arrivals this year — certainly could use the kind of carefree summer that brings in revenue and economic relief.


What experts are saying…

Longwoods Internationals – COVID-19 travel sentiment study: many Americans plan first trip since pandemic in next six weeks
Snippet: According to the most recent Longwoods International tracking study of American travelers, almost half (48%) of American travelers are planning their first trip since the pandemic struck the U.S. between now and the July 4th holiday weekend.  The most popular trip planned during this time frame is a car trip of less than 200 miles to visit family and friends, chosen by 15% of travelers.  Half (52%) of American travelers do not plan to travel before the 4th of July holiday.

AFARWhen will we travel abroad again?
: For many, the idea of going abroad is unfathomable right now—like we’re suggesting we all go into space. (Actually, space sounds less threatening.) The COVID-19 pandemic continues and a vaccine is still in the works—but as we’ve noted in the past few weeks, after months of global lockdown to flatten the curve and the development of rapid coronavirus testing, several U.S. states and countries have started to gradually reopen. As we tiptoe back outside, masks firmly on, we may start asking: What’s open? What’s safe? When will international travel be allowed? Will I be able to board a plane this year, or use my passport? Signs are pointing to yes, if we do so responsibly and don’t face setbacks.

TravelPulse – One-on-one with the head of the UN World Tourism Organization
: Data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) show that only in March, the start of a lockdown in many countries, arrivals were down by 57 percent, which translated into a loss of 67 million international arrivals. Figures for April and May will be even gloomier. In its worst-case scenario, this UN agency estimates that the massive drop in demand in international travel by the end of the year could put up to 120 million direct tourism jobs at risk globally.

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