No matter which sector you consider, the coronavirus pandemic has gutted the travel industry. Airports are ghost towns, cruise ships sit in dock. Hotel occupancy rates in the United States hover around 25 percent.
And that translates into jobs lost. According to data from the U.S. Travel Association, more than half of the travel-related jobs in our country have disappeared since the pandemic began.
But still – wanderlust beckons. In one recent survey, one-third of Americans said they hope to travel within three months of travel restrictions being lifted.
What about you? Will you travel as soon as you can? How does your summer vacation look different this year? On Wednesday, we explored how travel will change during and after the pandemic.
Kyle Potter, editor-in-chief for Thrifty Traveler
Catharine Hamm, former travel editor for the Los Angeles Times
Seth Kaplan, travel analyst for NPR and WBUR’s Here & Now
To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.
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