Travel Editor, The Times and The Sunday Times
Remember the golden age of travel? You should, it only ended a few months ago. And for all the enticing speech of #WATIO (when it is all over), it does not come back. “This”, in one form or another, is here to stay. The financial and psychological scars, the brutal consolidation of the industry and the measures aimed at temporarily containing and then navigating the Covid-19 pandemic and preparing for the next one – everything will irrevocably change its journey.
And let’s stop talking about travel in binary terms. On or off. The reality is slices, levels, staggered reopenings and quick closings. “Tourist corridors” will be created. Reciprocal agreements will be concluded. Tourism will politicize. Some countries, maybe