The hospitality industry as a whole took a big hit in 2020, thanks to the pandemic. The good news is that the only way for things to go in 2021 is up. As the vaccine rollout begins, confidence is even higher for the 2022 travel year. However, there will already be some positive changes in 2021, so let’s take a look at the forecast from a few experts as reported on by USA Today.
- Car travel vs. plane travel – The bad news for the airline industry is that road trips are going to be the travel option of choice in 2021. We’ve already seen that trend with the few people who are still choosing to travel in 2020. However, at least the hotel industry can begin to rebound with these regional travelers.
- Reduction in additional fees – Cancellation fees are the big hassle that travelers don’t want to deal with. If plans change at the last minute due to illness, a spike in COVID-19 cases in the travel region, or for anything else, no one wants to take the hit. There are bookings to be had in 2021, but flexible changes are a must.
- Delayed travel plans – Don’t expect a lot of bookings early in the year. People want to see the effect of the vaccinations and if there is a burst of pandemic cases following the holidays. Spring is projected to see a return in travel and even more will follow over the summer months. However, people will tend to travel closer to home, likely for all of 2021.
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