LONDON - Domestic destinations and younger travellers are likely to make up the first wave of the travel industry’s rebound, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
WTTC said that before a Covid-19 vaccine is available on a mass scale that can inoculate billions of people, travel will emerge slowly with vacations close to home followed by regional travel before there is a resumption of travel across continents and to long-haul international destinations.
The organisation said that people ages 18 to 35, who appear less vulnerable to Covid-19, will be among the first to begin travelling again.
WTTC said it is critical that the industry share best practices and for there to be public-private collaboration between business and governments.
WTTC CEO Gloria Guevara also warned against “unnecessary procedures that create bottlenecks and slow down the recovery”.
“A quick and effective restart of travel will only happen if governments around the world agree to a common set of health protocols developed by the private sector,” she said.
WTTC said those protocols and standards are being defined by various global travel organisations and have been developed in part using experience from China’s initial recovery and new standards successfully used there.