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Started by Jotavitch on Oct 17, 2020 8:49:13 PM
Are we reaching the end of travelling as we knew it?

Will the travelling industry (from airlines to local tourism) recover from this first disruptive pandemic wave?

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FGBFGB - 17 Oct 2020 21:05:57 (#1 of 16)

Jetpacks - which we have been promised as being the future since my childhood in the 60s and probably before as well - seem much in the news these days.

virgil5 - 17 Oct 2020 21:44:06 (#2 of 16)

I hope so.

Getting there and finding "things have changed" is getting old.

hailesaladdie - 17 Oct 2020 21:58:02 (#3 of 16)

Christ, I hope not. Don't want to be stuck on this fucking island the rest of my life.

virgil5 - 17 Oct 2020 22:19:00 (#4 of 16)

Encrypt your wallet.

Just saying.

GyratingTrampoline - 17 Oct 2020 22:38:18 (#5 of 16)

As soon as we can get away with it - or probably sooner - the travel industry will have a boom period as people try to make up for the holidays they've missed

Ebadlun - 17 Oct 2020 22:39:31 (#6 of 16)

Well, the ones who still have jobs.

Tomnoddy - 17 Oct 2020 22:48:20 (#7 of 16)

And lives.

GyratingTrampoline - 17 Oct 2020 22:57:36 (#8 of 16)

Yep I'd accept these provisos.

My friends run a wedding function band, they have no work but are booked solid from the spring till well into '22, way more bookings than they'd normally have at this time of year. People are chomping at the bit to get on with their normal lives

Macpaddy - 17 Oct 2020 23:10:47 (#9 of 16)

My granddaughter is. They should have got married in Sept but...

Ebadlun - 17 Oct 2020 23:20:02 (#10 of 16)

My friends run a wedding function band, they have no work but are booked solid from the spring till well into '22, way more bookings than they'd normally have at this time of year. People are chomping at the bit to get on with their normal lives



Thing is most decent function bands will be out every weekend anyway in peak season (mine certainly would have been this year). So filling up next year earlier than usual due to postponements from 2020 doesn't actually make it a bumper year, those dates would have been filled anyway. Unless there a lot more weekday weddings due to venues being overbooked. But basically we're not having two years worth of work next year.

virgil5 - 17 Oct 2020 23:26:37 (#11 of 16)

When all the 'tourists' are wearing VR visors, will other 'tourists' wearing VR visors see the other 'tourists' wearing VR visors, and have to pixelate them?

this is getting confusing

rearranged - 17 Oct 2020 23:30:33 (#12 of 16)

I think there will be a lot less business travel.

virgil5 - 17 Oct 2020 23:33:47 (#13 of 16)

DONT CLICK ON THE "MONA LISA" LINK!

dmlc133 - 18 Oct 2020 00:03:04 (#14 of 16)

I work for a very large online travel agent. We're projecting 2-3 years to return to anything like previous volumes of flying (probably longer for business travel), maybe a 18 months or so for the hotel business to get back to growth, but airbnb-type stuff is already almost at the levels they were at pre-pandemic. We have had to make redundancies and cut costs significantly, but it's also a chance to fix a lot of underlying infrastructure stuff that was too hard/risky to do while the business was running full swing.

virgil5 - 18 Oct 2020 00:13:21 (#15 of 16)

Hard to say what "tourism" of the future might be like

We could all get chips in our head, and 'be' on the Net all the time

O.--M.--G.---



Then you could hire some Uber style meat puppet with a chipped head to just go wherever you want to go, sending the tourist trinkets back by Amazon drone

"Social distancing"

maybe the start of a weird trend

Jotavitch - 19 Oct 2020 10:37:04 (#16 of 16)

In the 2003 film "Code 46" not only cities were closed to outsiders but you needed a special insurance and permits to travel elsewhere, your reaction to certain viruses was an important consideration. That could be a change. The other, a further development of VR/AR and people "travelling" that way, even meeting other people like in Gibson's cyberspace.

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