If your thinking of taking a holiday, you’re going to have to get creative. Covid-19 restrictions have significantly eased, but the tourism industry continues to struggle. Everybody is asking, when will International Travel resume?
This week it was revealed that Australia likely won’t accept international tourist until at least next year.
At a press conference, Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham told the national press club “I do sadly think that in terms of open tourist-related travel in or out of Australia, that remains quite some distance off”.
When will International Travel resume?
The minister was asked if this meant that borders would remain closed until next year? He replied “I think that is more likely the case”
When international travel does resume, things are going to look a little different. Now that 11 airlines have collapsed due to Covid-19, there’s going to be less competition in the market.
To add more nails to the coffin of the airline industry, would-be travellers are growing more concerned about the health risk of flying. Can you blame them? When I last flew, I was sandwiched in the middle seat between two strangers…This doesn’t exactly comply with social distancing.
How will the airlines solve this? Are they going to leave the middle seat vacant? The flow-on effect of all this could lead to a perfect storm of price increases.
Several airlines have already collapsed leading to less competition in the market. Restricted travel routes mean there are fewer flights and if seats are left vacant, there are fewer ticket sales. They will have to pick up profit slack from somewhere and it’s probably going to be ticket prices!
So if your thinking of a holiday this year, it might be time to start thinking local. Maybe even a road trip.