The latest issue of ABTA Magazine, created by Waterfront Publishing is out now.
In the latest digital-only issue of ABTA Magazine we continue to analyse the chaos of the current travel corridors system and the 14-day quarantine policy, and the impact this uncertainty is having on consumer confidence and the health of an already beleaguered industry. As our news section demonstrates: this is a time of unprecedented struggle for a sector that, before this, saw remarkable growth for more than a decade. ABTA has warned that 90,000 jobs have either been lost, or are at risk, in the travel industry and its supply chain since the global pandemic began. If the government does not act with tailored support for travel, as it has for other sectors, 83 per cent of firms estimate that it will have a critical or serious impact on their business; it’s why we should all get behind the Save Future Travel campaign.
When the easing of restrictions were first announced in July, it appeared to be time to switch focuses from forecasting the future to explaining the present. While that may be true to an extent – and there is indeed much to decode in this confusing new world – many questions linger about what travel will look like in the medium and long term. We’ve attempted to answer a couple of these questions, considering whether solo travel will still have the same appeal to travellers facing the daunting prospect of navigating different countries' safety protocols and Foreign Office advice; plus we ask, with holidaymakers embracing isolation and holidays within their own ‘bubbles’, what does the future hold for the traditional city break? We consider the destinations that may be popular, given their access to green space and their country’s relative success in fighting the pandemic. We also hear from G Adventures' Brian Young who shares his thoughts on the future of sustainable travel.