Staycations. Workcations. Slow travel. These (and not a simulated vacation in Mars; remember We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, the Philip K Dick short story that inspired Total Recall?) look set to be the future of travel — at least till well into 2022.
Another one-and-a-half to three years. That’s how long it will be before international travel returns to 2019 levels, say estimates by the UN’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
This is further indication that the changes to the fields of travel, tourism and hospitality are here to stay, in the short to medium term. And the changes have been many. Business travel has all but entirely halted. International travel has plummeted by 72% globally, according to UNWTO estimates. It’s all because of the C-word, of course; these days, everything is.
In India, domestic travel began to pick up by end-2020. “We got nine times as many…