The future of travel has been thrown up in the air amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with some wondering if holidays as we know it is a thing of the past. A relic of a bygone era.
The main forecast is still split at this moment in time, with it being simply too early to call as different countries recover at different speeds and rates.
Some experts, however, seem positive that the next year — at the very least — will be written off also.
Travel expert Eoghan Corry told RSVP Live: “What I’m hearing in the industry is a lot of people are writing off summer of 2021. Increasingly, tourist boards are writing it off.”
On top of that, Christmas may also feel the brunt of coronavirus the second year running.
He continued: “It does look like we’re looking at Christmas 2021 being written off.
“Airlines are planning to run between one quarter and one third of their normal summer schedule next summer.
“The hardcore travellers will still go, but if we’ve still got quarantine restrictions when people return home, your traditional working people who can’t afford to take two weeks unpaid leave won’t be travelling.”
Last-minute lockdowns and travel restrictions may continue even next year, both in the UK and abroad, leaving holidays still at risk of changing at short notice.
He added: “The reality is, as things stand, it’s looking like the entire continent of Europe will be bouncing in and out of lockdown for the foreseeable.”
Is Eoghan a grumpy chops? Or is it better to be realistic, granted his comments are? We’ll have to wait and see with this one.