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The road to recovery for Chinese outbound tourism

The Economist Intelligence Unit – 12 May 2021 This update on Chinese outbound tourism by The Economist Intelligence Unit predicts a slow wait for the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, highlighting 2024 as the expected timeframe for the sector returning to pre-pandemic levels. The report also forecasts a shift in Chinese tourists’ travel habits in the…

Thai hotel groups urge scrapping of quarantine rules for vaccinated tourists

John Reed, Financial Times – 24 January 2021 For a country so reliant on tourism, Covid-19 has been disastrous for Thailand’s economy. Boats marooned, pubs and restaurants shut and tuk tuks parked, the country is eager to get tourists back in and quarantine-free travel for those already vaccinated could be the start. This article on…

Thailand, a paradise for digital nomads

France24, Wassim Cornet – 5 February 2021 Covid-19 has revolutionised the working environment, with much of the global population now working remotely from home. This is convenient for many of us, however now imagine your ‘home’ is Koh Phangan, Thailand. This is reality for these digital nomads that have taken their digital work overseas. Watch…

A new approach in tracking travel demand

Riccardo Boin, Alex Cosmas, Alex Dichter and Nina Wittkamp – McKinsey & Company The scale of the current crisis in airlines is unprecedented. To recover, the industry will need better data on where and when demand is likely to rebound. In the United States, airline capacity drops are seven to 17 times larger than those during…

Make it better, not just safer: The opportunity to reinvent travel

1.4 billion people travelled internationally in 2019, but in view of COVID, a safer travel experience is now paramount to once again attract travellers and to rekindle the romance that travel used to inspire. Now is clearly a moment of crisis for the travel industry. Available seat miles on US airlines were down 71 percent…

To take off, flying vehicles first need places to land

The dream of using new technologies to rise above the ever-increasing urban-road congestion has gained significant momentum. Many businesses are planning to build, operate, or manufacture urban-air-mobility (UAM) vehicles. These vehicles could eventually reach price points rivaling today’s taxi services and will be energy efficient, quiet, environmentally friendly, and eventually pilotless. But as this article explores to…

Make it better, not just safer: The opportunity to reinvent travel

The desire to build memories, to connect with people, and to see new places drove 1.4 billion of us to travel internationally in 2019. Creating safer travel experiences is now paramount to protect this privilege. Now is clearly a moment of crisis for the travel industry. Available seat miles on US airlines were down 71 percent…

The way back: What the world can learn from China’s travel restart after COVID-19

Countries and regions around the globe are gradually moving past the peak of the pandemic. With China’s COVID-19 lockdown over, travel is beginning to restart. Businesses remain cautious, but almost all offices, factories, schools, and retail outlets have reopened. A recent survey conducted by McKinsey showed that the first thing people want to spend money…