31 October, 2020

Opinion | Long Lockdowns Have Only Boosted Interest And Aspiration To Travel

Domestic travel will recover faster with day-drive tours and see a boost as borders may take time to open up, says Amanpreet Bajaj of Airbnb

A beach in Goa during the lockdown
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Opinion | Long Lockdowns Have Only Boosted Interest And Aspiration To Travel
outlookindia.com
2020-07-04T16:37:13+05:30

Our booking data shows that global travel is beginning to bounce back, and new research has identified a series of trends that will shape travel in the months to come. People want to travel locally with more affordable options and unique personal experiences, prioritising cleanliness and private spaces. From the overall industry standpoint, we believe, the industry will recover in a phased manner over a period. Domestic travel will recover faster than outbound. And in domestic tourism, for all the reasons that we know, city tours and day-drive tours will be the first to recover. States will look to ease rules, making local travel a shorter-term option. We believe that when it is safe, many will venture out again, and our hosts are more committed than ever to welcome guests back. Ninety two per cent of the hosts interviewed on our platform said that they plan to host as often as before, or more often, once the effects of the pandemic are less severe.

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