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Last year, the travel and hospitality industry was hit hard. Everyone was forced to stay inside their homes, putting an end to all those travel plans on their to-do lists. With the hope of a vaccine in 2021, travelers are bound to rejoice as travel finally becomes possible. However, it will not be the same as it was pre-pandemic.
Here are some trends that are expected to emerge in 2021:
1. Leisure travel will outpace business travel
As a whole, the travel industry is shifting to focus on holidays and leisure travel rather than business trips. Business routes such as New York to London will be reduced, while frequencies to tourist destinations will increase.
2. Domestic travel is set to boom
Due to travel restrictions, travel to other countries has dropped significantly. So instead, travelers are choosing to explore their own country more. Airbnb posted a strong revival of its domestic listings in the US as people are looking to escape their homes in search of remote locations.
3. Importance to safety and hygiene
Health and safety will remain a top priority. In the wake of the pandemic, tourists have become more cautious about hygiene and safety standards. Booking platforms will continue to display the safety protocols followed by airlines and hotels.
4. Workations will become more popular
More than 8 months into the pandemic, it is becoming clear that all it takes to work from anywhere is electricity and a good internet connection. Marriot offers day passes and exclusive workation deals to remote workers, and other hotel chains might follow suit in the near future.